Okay, I dare you to try this. You ready for it? I’m warning you, it’s going to be difficult. Ready? Try this: Find a quiet place, sit still, set a timer on your phone, then put your phone on Do Not Disturb or Airplane Mode, and do absolutely nothing for 10 minutes. No music. No texting or social media. No sleeping. Just sitting, and doing nothing…for 10 minutes.
Do it now and come back to this post once you’re done.
Did you do it?
How was it? Awkward? Challenging?
The reality is being still is no longer natural for us. We live in a high paced society that over works. And honestly, we’re proud of our cultural workaholism and over-busy lives. We try to do too much with too little time. Therefore, we’re constantly stressed, rushed, and tired.
Now, working hard is a good thing. But I don’t think God has intended for our lives to be this overcommitted. Think about your own life. What is your weekly schedule like? Do you have too many things going on (such as: sports, AP classes, band, job, church, social life, family life, ASB, etc.). I’m sure all that you have going on in your life are good things. But maybe there’s good reason to slow down and simply spend time, dare I say it, doing nothing but being with Jesus.
There’s this well-known verse in Psalms that is basically written on countless coffee mugs and pillows in Christian bookstores. It’s Psalm 46:10. You have probably heard it before. It goes like this: “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’”
Simply being still, acknowledging that God is God, is an art we have largely lost. But I cannot stress how important it is for us to do! Imagine what your life could look like if you spent just 10 minutes doing nothing but being still and talking to, and listening for, God every day! My guess is that you would be less stressed, experience more of God’s peace, be more aware of God’s presence, and experience greater joy!
This practice of being still and being with God in that stillness is a rebellion to our cultural norm of overbusy, overcommitted, overstressed, workaholism. So I dare you to live differently from our culture, and allow yourself to have moments of being still with Jesus.
So, here’s my challenge to you: Try to this week spend 10 minutes every day in silence and stillness with Jesus. It will change your life. During that time talk to Jesus and share with Him what is going on in your life. Or maybe think about a Bible verses. Another thing I like to do when I practice this is repeat a phrase, or a short prayer, to myself. These phrases include: “God, I am loved by you,” “God, I am yours,” “God, you are here with me,” “I am your beloved child.”
There is not one right way to do this. Just try it and direct your attention to God because He wants to spend time with you, His beloved daughter or son.
“Be still, and know that I am God.”