Funny (peculiar, not ha-ha) how this post came together. Bits and pieces, here and there, over the past several weeks. However, it is probably not random coincidence.
It started with a question that was posed to Pastor Scott about seeking a sign from God. Pastor Scott’s advice was that when praying for a sign from God, do not muddy the waters. My take on that, though not as clear as the muddy water analogy (his analogy was clearer than mud!), was my faithful stand-by, “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10. If you’ve ever been in a puddle, creek, pond, etc., the water can look very clear until you start splashing around in it. How often are our efforts like futile splashing when all is needed is to be still and let God do the work?
Later, I read a Daily Hope devotional by Rick Warren in which he said, “… hurry is the death of prayer. The reason why you don’t hear God is because you’re in too much of a hurry. ‘God, I want to hear from you. But hurry up! I’ve got to make it to my next appointment.’”
Then, during a conversation with a friend, the topic of busy-ness and burning the candle at both ends was brought up. How many times, in answer to the question, ‘How are you?’ is the answer “Busy!”? How many times do you reply you are ‘too busy’ in response to a person’s request for help? How can we “Be still…” if we are too busy? How can we hear God if we are too busy?
Picture this scenario: The Do-Good Club (or insert any organization name here) needs to schedule their next meeting. Everyone consults their calendars/phones/planners. There are business conflicts, other organizations’ meetings, children’s activities, etc. Finally, there is one night free in the next month for most of the group. That’s it! Book it! Write it down. It’s an important (!!) meeting. Be here! Now, you just booked the one night you had free that week to potentially have a relaxing meal with your family, take a walk with your spouse or friend, quietly read a book, finish that procrastinated chore or project, or spend time being still. How many times is it your family/friends/God that you tell you are “too busy?”
I suggest you mark a night on your calendar with a big X to remind you that being less busy is good. Let it be the start of something new; something good.