I AM COMPETITIVE AT MY CORE, THOUGH I HATE TO ADMIT IT. It had better be a life or death situation in order for me to stop. When I go for a run, that’s what I do. Run.
I saw a river on one of my runs. God’s beautiful creation is my weakness. Something inside me was compelling me to stop. It was messing with my runner’s groove.
It was a “must take” moment with the Father. I had to lay aside my runner’s pride to experience peace. A song immediately ran through my mind, “I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river in my soul”. At that moment I did experience peace.
The conclusion I came to after having this much needed time with God: Stopping brings peace.
Not only do I have difficulty stopping on my runs, I also find it hard to stop my daily “running” of chores and activities. Our culture only knows busy. I hear myself and others answer the question, “How are you doing?” by responding “I’m good. But busy.”
We all have what seems to be too much to do and not enough time to do it in. It makes the thought of adding in alone time with Lord a little overwhelming.
The continual “running” puts me in what I like to call “survival mode”. I react to people rather than relate with people. I do not tap into the Spirit’s wisdom and power. Instead everything is in my own strength. I am just trying not to totally blow it as parent, wife, or friend.
The ironic thing is that the times when I am the most busy are the times when I most need the Lord.
The Sabbath day was created for man. God knew we needed to have one day to stop the doing. Focus on relationship. He sees that we NEED to “take time at the river”. (Matthew 11:28.)
I want to prioritize stopping one day a week. Having a Sabbath day. Not to put more rules of do’s and don’ts on myself. But to try and lay to rest my mind, body, and Spirit.
Practically speaking this rest looks like a change in my attitude for the day. Letting go of any expectations for myself or others. Stopping the “to do” list in my mind. Engaging in relationship with God, family and friends.
I want to also prioritize alone time with Jesus daily. I would challenge you to do it too. Even if it is only 5 minutes. It is time to be at our Father’s feet. And stop everything else.
Benefits of stopping:
- We are renewed and refreshed
- Worries and stress can be transferred to Jesus. He takes away the burdens and replaces it with peace.
- Our priorities are re-aligned with God’s
- We find help and wisdom in order to respond to problems
- We encounter forgiveness, love, acceptance, strength, and hope
- A verse to ponder: Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God”.
When is your best time to be able to meet with God?
© 2012 Standing on Peace