Saturday, September 4, 2010

Weekend Worship - Be Still

Be still, and know that I am God
Ps 46:10(NKJV)

I finally understand what my grandmother meant by the old saying meet yourself coming and going. Some days I’m so busy with my writing and editing schedule I feel bad about taking time for lunch. Recently I’d even begun waking up in the morning with a stress headache. These headaches caused me to re-evaluate my priorities and I realized that one thing I’d let slide were my regular quiet times in the morning.

In recent years my routine has evolved into a set time every morning spent reading my Bible and praying. Now before you think I’m a morning person or especially dedicated, let me set the record straight—I’m not one of those who can wake up at 5am to do this. I’m a late night person, so my mornings start slow—usually around 8am.

But lately I’ve started the day so far behind I’d begun to skimp on my time with God. It sounds awful to admit, but it’s true. And it seemed the farther behind I got the less time I spent—and the less time I spent with God, the farther behind I got. It looks obvious when I write it out, but it took me a while to see the connection. You may wonder how I finally caught on, and I have to confess it wasn’t anything I did. It was Emily Dickinson—my cat.

You see, Emily has an unusual routine. Every afternoon, if I let her, she spends at least thirty minutes in my lap hanging out. I can be sitting in front of the TV, knitting or in front of the computer, but if I am sitting down, up she hops. She stretches out, cradled in my arms and spends time resting. She is completely at ease, sometimes in a position where, if I didn’t support her, she’d fall to the ground. She is completely unconcerned about any danger, knowing that I love her and will hold her safe. As God’s children we need that same time every day with God. It is necessary to take the time to rest, safe in His arms, away from the trials of the day. He is always there, waiting for us to come, offering comfort and love.

I've reworked my schedule and found everything fits when I put God first. What about you? How do you make sure God has top priority in your schedule?

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  1. Great reminder, Edie. I find I have to relearn this truth over and over again. I think, "This one time" or "I'll do this first and then spend some time with the Lord." Well, you know what happens. One urgent thing leads to another and before I know it, it's midnight again and I haven't had any quiet time with my Father.

    I have to remind myself that time with Him is precious, and something I don't want to miss...regardless of how busy I think I am.

  2. Love the lesson Emily taught you. Tell her I said thank you, as I needed the reminder too. Lately, I've slowed myself down by writing out the Bible verses I'm reading through. This forces me to stop and think--and see--what God is saying in his Word.

  3. Great word picture, Edie! Also, great cat picture. I will be reminded of this when I am tempted to cut short, or skip, that needed quiet time.

    Thanks for sharing and being transparent.

  4. Thank you all for your comments - this was a hard one to write. I'm such a people pleaser and the fact that I want you to like me fights with wanting to be transparent so you can see the great things God is doing!