My Pastor put put a challenge to our church last week to take 5 minutes a day to be still before God and just focus and meditate on Him. This isn't the first time I've tried this but it had been awhile so I was looking forward to some quiet, concentrated focus on Him.
Here's what I've learned so far:
1) 5 minutes is MUCH longer than it sounds.
2) Despite my overall disposition of being a somewhat focused person, I am amazed at how distracted I really can be. For it is the forced quiet moments that reveal how much my mind shifts focus on the multitude of activity that typically surrounds me.
3) I do not believe it is accidental or just for poetic purposes that God states, "Be still and know that I am God."
4) Undivided attention is not only a discipline but a lost one in our fast-paced society.
5) In those moments when my mind quiets and my focus is on Him, I am in awe of what He has done for me.
6) In those same moments, I recognize just how unworthy I am of any kind of relationship with Him. My pride, my selfishness, My ugliness, my imperfection, my sin. All of it makes me so unclean.
7) Despite my sin and ugliness, there is hope. By grace, I have been given a gift of a relationship with Him, even though I don't deserve it.
8) God's ways are so, so very different from my own... and I'm so happy about that! It's hard not to exercise my ideas and my will but when I lay those before Him, He has a far better plan than I could have come up with.
9) To be still is counterintuitive to what the world's mantra is... "Go! Go! Go!". To step off the wheel and out of the rat race is not what the world wants. To say no to the next activity -no matter how great and worthy it is- goes against our culture's belief. We fill our "free time" with all that we can. Why?
10) I have discovered I have a long way to go in developing this spiritual discipline of being still and meditating on Him. Yet, despite my amateur beginnings, I am grateful for these first wobbly steps in re-acquainting myself with this practice.
I want to make this a lifestyle that leaves enough space for intentional stillness to remember that He is God, instead of the quick whispers of "He is in control" that I tell myself as I rush from commitment to another commitment. This isn't an easy discipline - this being still before the Creator of all. It's hard. But anything worth doing usually is.
Won't you join me in setting aside 5 minutes a day to clear your mind of all that consumes it and turn your eyes to the One who can calm any storm and bring peace to any overscheduled and busy day??
Let me know how it goes!