Quite time. Do you have one? One thing that I have rediscovered even more in these COVID days is learning to be still – longer. I need that. Our lives are often so busy with things. We may not find ourselves as busy as we have been in the past, but life still has those moments when even the slower pace can lead to times of routine and less intentionality. A lot of things are out of our control. But as the days of the pandemic continue to stretch out before us, I am seeking to become more intentional about things that really matter. One of those is intentionally investing more time into my quiet time with God. A time to be still and know that God is in control and that He continues to speak – if I will only listen.
I am not an early riser. But in the recent weeks, I have found myself getting up early – often before the sunrise – and being quiet. No TV. No rush to the news about what happened during the night. No signing onto social media to catch up on people and their posts (and opinions).
Just quiet. Simple. Quiet.
I am rediscovering the reminder of God when He gave us spiritual insight simply by saying, “be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). It is certainly a call to cease from the demands of the day and wondering about what to address first in my list of “to do’s.” To pull away from my plans or my choices and simply engage in a spiritual journey of reflection, listening and rest is proving to help “center” me and to clarify God’s guidance and desire within my life.
In my quiet times of morning reflection, I typically start each day in reading a portion of God’s Word. I find several additional resources in addition to Scripture in preparing my mind and heart to be receptive to God’s plan and desire for my day. Sarah Young’s devotional book, Jesus Calling, is a favorite “go-to” of mine when it comes to those daily times of getting still before the Lord. In a recent post, she stated from the perspective of God (based upon scripture): “My (God’s) peace is the treasure of treasures, the pearl of great price. It is an exquisitely costly gift, both for the Giver and the receiver. I purchased this Peace for you with My blood. You receive this gift by trusting Me in the midst of life’s storms. Thank Me when things do not go your way, because spiritual blessings come wrapped in trials. Adverse circumstances are normal in a fallen world. Expect them each day. Rejoice in the face of hardship for I have overcome the world.”
Thank you, God, for the gentle (and not so gentle) reminders that You are in control. Every moment. Every day. Help me (and all of us) to embrace it more and to cherish that even in the quiet moments….You speak clearly.
As we enter into February, I want to thank you for the continued manner in which you are supporting the ministries of Hazelwood. Your prayers and encouragement have meant so much. Your financial support in continuing to support our ministries has been so uplifting (and needed). Thank you for the way in which you continue to engage and love on the HBC church family and the community. I remind you again that even though we have pulled back from our meeting together, the church has not closed! You and I remain “on call” and “on mission” all the time to the lives of people all around us. We constantly remain the hands and feet of Jesus – pointing to the hope that we have found in Jesus Christ. We continue to be salt and light in the midst of even these days of change and adjustment.
We are being careful and safe as we continue to navigate through the pandemic. We will continue to err on the side of caution and preventive measures. Hazelwood, I promise you that we will be back together again soon! But until then – and even after we are – may the presence and the message of Jesus continue to be our message. Keep praying for each other and continue to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. I am praying for you…..always.
You are loved