It’s Day 26 of #write31days and as I have reflected daily on really what I’ve learned from the #LivinginTandem metaphor is a paradox;
We move forward by being still.
Yesterday when I spent some time listening to God through the reading of His Word, I heard a refrain I’ve heard and ignored before:
Be Still. Be Still.
In all my focus on to do lists and thinking I have to keep doing, keep accomplishing, the result is always stress & anxiety. The refrain is
Not Enough. Not Enough. Like this glass that is half empty.
Or is it half full?
But God whispers again
Be Still and know
So I sit to listen again to the heart of Paul’s letters…
Christ is all and in all
Christ in you the hope of glory
And I see. I hear.
Lay aside the old way. Be renewed. Put on the new self. (Col. 3:12-17)
Daily be transformed by the renewing of my mind. (Romans 12:2)
By the mercies of God. (Romans 12:1)
Moving forward is by Being Still.
Being still seems counter intuitive to being productive. But God consistently gives me wisdom, strength, encouragement to share, and most of all, the peace of His Presence when I have set aside my demanding to do list to sit quietly with His Word open and my heart ready to listen.
Laying aside old ways, being renewed day by day and putting on the new self as Paul defines in Col. 3:12-17 is a process, not a one time event. We are complex beings with many facets. We are created in the image of God you know. So this journey, this living in tandem with God is full of ups and downs, hills and valleys. But the best news? You’re never alone.