Tuesday, February 23, 2010

 waiting. resting. being renewed. ready to fly.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sit down and shut up..

But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired
Isaiah 40:31

So I know there are times just to be silent.
There are times just to wait.
There are times to interceed and there are times to petition the Lord for the desires of my heart.
It is always time to praise Him.

What time is it right now? I feel like it is time for me to sit down and shut up. 

So something I have been trying to work on, per the Lord's loving prompting through my Bible study, is the art of "listening" to God. He has been impressing upon my heart to just be still (literally!), wait and listen for Him. I feel like am not very good at this...yet.

I always thought I needed to invest all of my quiet time in prayer and studying. Getting knowledge, finding divine revelations through scripture but lately I have just felt the need to just sit and be quiet. It's really adding a whole new meaning to my quiet time. It's been fairly quiet lately!  And still. Not in a way that I feel He is ignoring me but it's a restful, peaceful stillness.  And in the stillness there is a lot being accomplished. Not by me, however.

 When it comes to listening in the stillness I am wondering oftentimes (instead of listening) ,"now what am I listening  for again?? Is there something I should be doing first?" I don't even know what I am listening for but I do know WHO I am listening for and that is really all that matters.

Then when I am at my  busiest, I get that divine revelation through a quick word to my spirit from His.  Uncanny how that works, really:
 Quiet and still= silence (most of the time) Busy and multi-tasking= words from the Holy Spirit.

Something God has spoken to my spirit during my very quiet time with him recently is this: 

"Missy, I AM enough.
 It's enough just to sit here with me and let me refresh you. 
Stop trying to fuflill your check list and just be with me."

So I am waiting..

and waiting..

And in the silence-
 I am hopeful. 
Because in the waiting, I am finding new strength to serve.
 I am finding new strength to love. 
I am finding new strength to hear his voice in my busiest of moments. 
I am finding new strength to obey what he asks me to do. 

And I think that's the point.