by Jen Manning
When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is personal care needs; eating, washing face, etc. I try to hurry through it to get on with my day. My mind begins to catch up from those first blurry-eyed moments, and I begin to mentally plan my day.
Some days I have to hit the door rushing to and fro to make it somewhere…never without caffeine in my hand, of course. If I’m being healthy, water with energy flavored packet added. No chance of quieting my mind or resting before charging ahead.
Today wasn’t a hit-the-ground-running day. No, instead I began “checking off Christ follower boxes.” Do you ever do that? Don’t actually take time in between whatever devotional or Bible reading plan or email message to rest upon, or just be quiet with what you just read?
In your “quiet time,” do you find it difficult to rest and listen to what the Holy Spirit is conveying, if only you’d give your mind time to catch up like when you first wake up?
Well, I got called out twice in my “box-checking,” so I think it’s safe to say I need to pay more attention. Perhaps it will help you too.
“Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4:11, NIV)
Here, Michael McMillen is referencing spending endless hours losing sleep trying to win someone to Christ on his own strength: “I was trying way too hard to do something that should have just come natural…It’s not effort that does work for God, but resting.” When we rest, we are doing the most natural thing we can possibly do as holy people.[i]
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:1-3, NIV)
The author mentions that we forget the power of quiet, of powering down and being still before Him.[ii]
If you want to make the most of your day, consider slowing down. You need time alone with the Lord to help you get and stay on track. So…ready, set, rest?
Prayer: Thank you Daddy for a brand new morning. Lead me into your rest. Help me to recognize and yearn for this rest. Help me listen for your voice and be excited to hear what you have to say to me. You have marked the rhythms of our life to need rest and quiet so that we can go about the business of being kingdom builders.