My friend, may I ask you a question? Although it sometimes seems inefficient to be still when there’s work to be done, perhaps it’s the way that we look at the downtime that makes us nervous to embrace it? Maybe the downtime gives us an opportunity to put the uptime into perspective?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
I’m a multitasker. I can spot one task on the horizon and begin planning for it while I have another in this hand, balancing another in the other. I get a lot done this way and there is a certain amount of competitive thrill in the process of getting a lot done in the shortest amount of time. While this does get a lot done, there is a down-side to multi-tasking. When I take on a lot of tasks, I inevitably have a difficult time slowing down. It’s kind of like getting up a good head of steam. The pressure builds up and the only way to release that pressure is to just keep moving and keep doing.
While this does get the work done, it seldom leaves time to collect my thoughts and find valuable down-time. Although it sometimes seems inefficient to be still when there’s work to be done, perhaps it’s the way that we look at the downtime that makes us nervous to embrace it? The downtime gives us an opportunity to put the uptime into perspective?
Here’s a story from Wynona Gordon: “Recently I had to take care of a friend’s 13 birds and was told that they would enjoy some ‘out of cage’ activity. So, I shut the door to the room, and opened all the cages. When it was time to get them all back inside, I made a count. Eleven birds in and two missing! Who’s missing? The one pair of green Linnies were gone! I searched for an hour; everything that I could move, under and around. They had to be in this room! What was I going to tell my friend? I called a neighbor to help me move the big stuff to see if they were behind or under something. Another hour passed and still no little green birds. Then, suddenly, those little rascals appeared, right in the exact place where we had all looked a dozen times. They were there all the time and we just hadn’t seen them. Praise God they were found. Sometimes we think we are seeking God and his will for us. We look here and there, up and down and sideways, but we are so busy looking that we fail to see. I hope I learned a lesson from these little creatures.” (Wynona Gordon)
The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God . . .” (Ps. 46:10a) Being still is difficult for someone who is used to moving; isn’t it? We multi-task and often look beyond what is needed, ahead of what is important. Worried about time lost that can’t be replaced, we grab the moment and hold it prisoner until the work we are doing is accomplished and it’s time to move onto something else. Unfortunately, that something else may be not moving on at all? We lose precious moments because we’re too busy seizing them to understand where they came from and how they could be filled. Today would be a good day to practice stillness. Take a break for the busy and find ten minutes to share in silence with God. Who knows? Perhaps He’s just waiting to bless us if only we’d slow down long enough to find out.
We pray. Heavenly Father, Oh Lord, teach me to be still and to know that you are God. Let my mind and heart, be silent before you, resting in your sovereignty. Replace my restless doing with inner calm, and help me to sit at your feet in quiet adoration even if there are a million things clamoring for my attention. Just as You spoke over the tumultuous sea and storms, so speak over my heart your peace. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://onethingalone.com/prayer-for-stillness/)
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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