Happy February lovebugs!
I am so excited about this post because it’s so near and dear to me. My heart bubbles with joy as I write and a blush covers my face because it’s something so sweet about entering God’s presence. It’s the very reason why, I believe, that I am able to share these heart to heart messages with you. Sooo, kickback, relax, and read on!
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to embrace the quiet moments of the day. Stillness–a place free from noise…complete calm. If you’re a parent, college student, business owner, pastor, teacher, member of a fraternity or sorority, or simply someone juggling multiple tasks at a time, finding a moment of silence may seem difficult. It may be so difficult that you find yourself consumed by routine duties.
When life is too loud, it’s easy to become frustrated, distracted, and imbalanced. It’s no wonder why we find ourselves feeling anxious at times because there is always something going on. Lets be real though! When there isn’t much going on, we often find ourselves indulging in our phones, on social media, scrolling on Google, shopping on Amazon, catching up on our favorite t.v. shows, or watching the most recent Netflix release. In case you thought you were alone, you’re not. Ha!
Yes, there’s endless things to do in our down time, but there’s something about entering a quiet place. A place where there is no t.v., no radio, no podcast, no YouTube video, no phone, no news, no conversation, no racing thoughts. This may sound foreign to some, but this place does exist.
Normally, my quiet place is inside my car. Whether I’m going to town to pick up groceries or going to the dumpster to rid some trash, I enter my quiet place. My radio is usually turned down and the only sound I can hear comes from my car. Some days or nights I crack the window and listen to the shuffling sound of the wind. During these rides are when I enter God’s presence. This is where I hear His voice. Yup, right in my 2005 Honda Accord!
The beautiful and most precious thing about God is that He can be accessed anywhere. Literally, ANYWHERE. All He wants for us to do is “Be still…” (Psalm 46:10). In other words, be calm. Can you calm down all the other voices-the voices of friends and family members; the voices of your favorite YouTube stars? Can you set aside your busy schedule? Can you press pause on your own thoughts to be in His presence for a little while? God doesn’t ask for much. The aforementioned scripture, Psalm 46:10, goes on to say, “Be still and know that I am God.”
This post is for you who find yourself swamped in things to do. This post is for you who feel like you’re barely keeping your head above water. This post is for you who find yourself overwhelmed and struggling to hear from heaven. I encourage you to find that quiet moment during the day. Many churches have been closed due to the pandemic, but you do not have to wait for churches to reopen to get into the presence of God.
Your world may be hectic; it may feel like everything is spinning out of control, but KNOW that in His presence is peace.
In His presence is strength.
In His presence is comfort.
In His presence is wise counsel and wisdom.
In His presence is compassion.
In His presence is divine power.
In His presence is an ever-present help.
In His presence are miracles.
For those of you who have been lied to a time or two and stand in doubt, I can assure you that God’s word is His bond. Deuteronomy 31:6 reads, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
You, my friend, are one loved soul. I have been sent to remind you to KNOW that you are safe, KNOW that you are covered, KNOW that you are never alone.
Today, I challenge you to find your quiet place. Press pause for a bit. Get into God’s presence and grab a hold of the reassurance you need to go a little further on your journey. How will you know His voice, you ask? His voice is still. His voice is also quiet. His words are gentle. When He speaks, you will know.
Jesus said, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you” (John 15:4). You are never too far from Him. It is literally up to us, however, to turn down the noise.
As I encourage you, I encourage myself.