I can’t help but laugh at this Monday Moment. I had knee surgery on Thursday and have had to “be still” since then. I have a friend in Florida who hurt her back last week and has been unable to get out of the bed. She is going out of her mind with boredom. Over here at the Parsonage, I feel like I’m on vacation! I have books, snacks, my computer, my Bible, and journal. I am having the time of my life.
I have been able to spend a lot of time reading the Word and in prayer. What a luxury! I know that all of us don’t have hours to spend sitting at the feet of Jesus. Years ago, as a mom of 3 children 3 years old an under, I didn’t have that luxury. Even now that the kids are older, there is still so much going on in our lives.
There is no “quiet time” law given by God that dictates when, where, and how long we are to do “devotions”. That would be ridiculous! Can you imagine me telling my husband, “OK – we’re going to talk at the kitchen table every morning first thing for 30 minutes. Then the rest of the day I’ll probably just be busy doing other stuff and I’ll see you when I see you.”
That’s crazy, right? So why do we think God has the same type of expectation? Like my husband, He wants to spend as much time with me as possible. (PD, if you’re reading this, you know you do!) God loves the focused one on one time we have together and He loves to just be with me as I go about my day. No rules. Just relationship.
This verse isn’t even a command, if you ask me. It’s a promise. A promise that in the midst of the chaos that is my life, if I stop for just a moment and be still, His presence will overwhelm me and I will rest in the knowledge that He is God. The God of ever-lasting love, unending faithfulness, and overflowing with mercy.
Here’s a prescription for today. Be still. Receive His love. Do life WITH Him. Repeat.