Being busy has its advantages. For one thing, you can use it as your excuse or reason (depending on whether you’re a half-full or half-empty person) for getting out of other things. “Nah, I can’t do one more thing. I’m busy.” “Adoration? Have you seen my schedule?” “You know, if God wanted me to do that, he would make time in my day for it.”
Here’s the thing: free will means that we have the ability to set our own schedules. Free will means that we can say “yes” or “no” and that divine intervention is optional (though not rare, at least when I have my eyes open to it!).
Sometimes, we choose to be busy. Sometimes, we can’t help it. Even so, in the midst of the hustle and bustle, in the very center of the craziness, we have to find time to be still and silent. It is not impossible, though we may need to ask God for help in finding that time and way to be still and silent.
We certainly don’t live in a world that sees the value in still and silent. But then, we don’t live in a world that sees the sense in the Cross either. We are called to be people of prayer, and while I pray plenty during the busy parts of my day, there’s something in the still and silent time that I need and crave. Getting myself to sit still is a challenge. Keeping myself from being busy—with dishes, on the computer, folding clothes, thousands of small and large tasks waiting and calling to me—is often a hurdle. But when I do, I find the hug of the peace that waits for me, as I lay my head in my Father’s lap, and my Mother strokes my temple.
You have the ability to say exactly what I am thinking!!!
My “quiet” is usually well after the kids are sleeping or long before the kids are even awake; before any demands are made on me from the outside world!
However I do have those moments when I am on my way to or coming from other errands that I find a second to think/pray!!
Great post, Sarah!!
Thanks, Susan. I’m glad you enjoyed it. The demands of the outside world are exactly what we need to be braced for…and what better way to brace yourself than with prayer? 🙂
Exodus 14:14 The LORD himself will fight for you; you have only to keep still.
Keeping still seems to be the key in many spiritual matters. The more we pray the more we are able to be still. Practice of prayer is indeed practice of stillness. And it is in these moments of stillness that we allow ourselves to hear what it is God is saying to us and feel the love He is giving to us.
Laura, THANK YOU. And you are right, the more I pray, the more I am able to be still. You have much wisdom, dear Laura.