In our American culture, busyness is a way of life. It’s almost as if it’s honorable to say that our lives are on the constant go when people ask how we are doing. Unfortunately, I believe that we are living a lie when we consume our lives with so many tasks and obligations that never leaves room for rest. If you have time I highly encourage you to read the book “Crazy Busy” by Kevin DeYoung. He addresses the epidemic of “too busy” and poses how that lifestyle is a threat to our physical, social, and spiritual well-being.
We are bombarded with technology, social media, people, jobs, etc., it does not surprise me when we are uncomfortable in silence especially when we are not used to it. Believe me I love to stay active and always doing something. However, I always have to check my motives and ask who am I trying to prove? Or what am I trying to prove? God designed us as human beings, not machines. We were created for rhythms of silence and noise, community and solitude.
Yet, many of us are caught up in an addiction called, “NOISE.”
Just like you schedule your day and week with activities, don’t forget to schedule in rest, silence, a get away, or even a retreat. But merely getting away or having rest is not enough! The goal is not to get away and unplug from everything and think that you have done your duty. There are many people who go on vacation and come back worse than before they left! For the Christian, the goal is to come back better, refreshed, ready to love and sacrifice. We want to redouble our efforts, by faith, in our callings in the home, among friends, at work, and in the body of Christ (David Mathis). Essentially, we want to sharpen our ax with the intent to be more effective.
Here are a few suggestions on how to move through a season of solitude and rest when you are able to get some time to yourself. My prayer is that you meditate on Psalm 46:10 today and really think about what it means to be still before the Lord. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!
- Pray for God’s blessing, that he will bring to light what in life needs your fresh attention, and that his Spirit will prompt your subconscious to “speak” honestly to your soul. This is a great time for self-reflection and to search the depths of your soul on the blind spots in life. How are you doing in your various roles? Where do you need to refocus?
- Read and meditate on the Bible. Trust God to meet you in his word and lead your time with Scripture either from a daily reading plan or some special section you’ve selected for the time you are away.
- Resist the urge to get detailed right away about what you need to do when you get home. Trust me when I say this, what we think is urgent or important are sometimes smokescreens to our callings and the big picture what God is trying to do in us and through us. Bring back some takeaways from the retreat that will help you make sense of normal life moving forward.
- Spend a few minutes just listening to the silence and let your soul begin to “thaw”especially if your days are spent in a crowded environment.
- Consider including an extended season of prayer and continue recording thoughts as you direct your heart godward in praise, confession, petition, and supplication.