If you had to choose a few words to describe life in your current season, what words would you choose? Calm? Hectic? Beautiful? Lonely? Challenging?
For me, chaotic, challenging, and uncertain are the words I use to describe my current season. I am married, a preschool teacher to some loud and crazy two-year-olds, and my husband and I are helping to start a church in a new and unfamiliar city. Life right now is loud and busy. I would not have it any other way, but sometimes I long for something different – stillness amidst the chaos.
Oh my heart, it aches for stillness – a stillness that rests in my Jesus, a stillness that rests in my calling, a stillness that causes rest in my soul. A type of stillness that plants oak tree-like roots in Jesus, so when the chaos of this world ensues I am not blown around by my jealousy, frustration, doubt, or insecurities. Anyone else long for that kind of calm or stillness?
The Bible has much to say about ‘being still’ and I have written some of my favorites below, but how do we as people living in a social media saturated world find stillness?
Psalm 46:10a (NLT): “Be still, and know that I am God!”
Exodus 14:14 (NLT): “The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
Psalm 62:5-6 (NLT): “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.”
I am learning that calming the loudness of our social media saturated culture and finding stillness in Jesus is not easy. I have to actively choose to be still in my soul every moment of every day. How I find stillness in Jesus’ presence may be different from you, but it is the sweetest place to be. Maybe for you finding stillness means communing with God in nature. Maybe it means reading Scripture. Maybe it means turning off everything except worship music and worshiping Him. For me, it is having a coffee date with Jesus every week or so.
I find that when I rest in the stillness of Jesus’ presence my insecurities are quieted, my fears are calmed, and my trust in Him is strengthened. In a world that screams who we should be, how we should act, or what we should look like, let’s be still in Jesus’ presence! Let’s rest in Him so when the world around us is a chaotic storm, we can stand firm in the presence of our Savior!