I dream of and marvel at the idea of being a morning person. My goal each morning is to hop out of bed at 5AM, spend some quality time in prayer, and take charge of my day. My reality lately (I haven't been sleeping well), is nudging my husband around 7:10AM to go get our daughter out of her crib and make her breakfast. And because he is the best, he eventually rolls out of bed and does that. Then, I think to myself, "Yes, I will get up now, I will be productive now.. I will... zzzzzzz" and I'm back asleep. Eventually, I wake up around 8AM, immediately flustered because once again, the day has taken charge of me.
Is that just me? Anyone else out there struggling to reach their daily goals and far out dreams? Reaching dreams means taking one day at a time and conquering moments. Currently, I am barely getting by each day. My daughter's nap times are my saving grace, where I squeeze in a moment of God time, a blog post on a good day, house chores, career building things, a "me" moment here and there.
Yet, in the middle of all of that, I hear a still small voice calling me "My sweet daughter, sit with me." While I'm busy cleaning up after my toddler.. "Talk to me while you work." When I'm cooking dinner and meal prepping.. "Sing to me, I love to hear your praises." When I'm on my hands and knees playing with my daughter .."I love to hear your laughter."
After a long day when I feel the weight of the world crashing in on me.. "My sweet daughter, sit with me. Well done today, now come away with me."
Sometimes life gets so blatantly loud. Between talking elmo, the builders across the street, the lies of satan, the lingering war of depression, the self deprecating thoughts that attack us, the wants and needs of everyone around us. Honestly, sometimes it's too much, and we can miss the sweet alluring voice of our Father. We can miss spending time with our closest dearest friend, Jesus. We can overlook and run out of time for the very thing that will give our hearts rest.
Be still, and know that I am God.
- - Psalm 46:10
I am learning to find the stillness in every day moments. God is all around us. God is in your office at your desk-job, and He wants to hangout with you in the mundane to-do list. Speak to Him in your heart through out the day. He is with you in your ministry job even amongst all of the tasks. Remember to pray and thank Him throughout your day and let that be what drives you. God is with you on your daunting commute into the city so, have a worship party with the best praise music. When you haven't showered in days and are chasing after kids, let God's joy fill your heart with peace and laughter. It isn't always glamorous. We don't always have our candles, hot drink, or our Bibles ready for us. But oh how sweet it is that we don't need them to meet with our Father. He goes with us wherever we go. He's waiting to share something with your heart today and every day. Don't miss His whisper. Quiet your soul. And in the midst of seemingly chaos around you, let God teach you a thing or two about stillness.