Serving Stressed. I think most of us can agree that we find ourselves too busy. I am guilty, except I am more aware now and say no more. I found myself too busy doing “good things”.
Recent studies show that people in the US are working an average of 300 or more hours a year than our average counterparts in Europe and we spend an average of 5 hours a day watching TV and 3-4 times more hours shopping each week than they do in Europe. Our lives are overly busy and we are a stressed and somewhat unhealthy population, as a whole. Studies on the science of happiness are revealing that even though we have more money and stuff than previous generations, our happiness is declining. Our busy lives rife with distractions disable us from quieting our heart and soul long enough to hear from the Holy One. But, this is not a problem too big for the Almighty.
“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11
Pray throughout the day and receive the peace and guidance God brings as your worries are turned over to Him and your needs are met. Study the word of God and memorize His promises. Think about His redeeming love for you and the testimony He has given you, which empowers you to overcome the distractions that prevent us from being still before the Lord. Be still.
Thank you, Jesus, for giving me rest. You are gentle and humble and I do find rest in You. Thank you for rescuing me and for dying to save me. It is by Your blood and my testimony that I have overcome the distractions that kept me from being still before You. Help me to practice solitude before You until I am like a well-watered garden. (B Sigman)
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10