Many of us wear many hats, titles, and positions; but no other calling is more sacred than the call to just “be” in God’s presence…
There were so many pivotal moments in the New Testament Bible where Jesus was very much active – preaching, teaching, discipling, counseling, healing, and preparing for His destination to the cross. I’m so thankful for the service and sacrifice of Christ because without this truth – I, you, and the whole world for that matter would be without hope.
Over the last several years, I’ve pondered Jesus’ busy life, His purposeful mission to bring hope to a broken world, and the absolute dedication He had to RESTING.
When and why would Jesus, being fully empowered by Heaven itself, need to slow down?
Although Jesus was 100% God, Jesus was also 100% human. Furthermore, Jesus needed the strength of His Heavenly Father…
So we witness, over and over again, in the scriptures where Jesus would literally retreat to isolated places, mountains, different towns, boats, and moments of strategic prayer in a complete mode of trusting and depending on the Father to renew and refresh Him (Mark 1:12, Mark 1:16, Mark 1:35, Luke 5:15-16, Mark 2:13, Luke 6:12-13, Matthew 14:23, Mark 7:24, Mark 9:2, John 10:39-41, Mark 14:32).
So how much more should we accept the call to just “be” in a culture that constantly promotes the idea of always “doing” – especially during holiday seasons like #Lent #Easter #HolyWeek or whatever you choose to call it.
How can busy folks like ourselves slow down during the frenzy of holiday festivities, gatherings, Egg hunts, shopping, events, work overtime, and hustling?
Here are a few suggestions:
Keep what’s important first – time with God and quality time with family/friends.
Resist the temptation to pack the calendar with events done “in His name” as every spiritual venture is not a direct connection to a deeper faith in Christ.
Attend a virtual program or church that is commemorating the season in meaningful ways.
Adopt the courage to just “be,” as this radical shift in a culture of hustle and bustle may be what your soul truly needs. Pray for a willingness to pause and reflect on the miracle resurrection of the Savior of the world – #Jesus …
Be creative with busy schedules. Find moments for prayer/Bible study/meditation in the early morning, during a lunch break, or after the kids go to bed.
For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere…