“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10a
I am one week into the current term and already I hear God whispering this verse to me. If you’re anything like me, piling on an intense course load, church activities, and working as many hours your schedule allows is a normal occurrence. As we get older, everyday life gets hectic and busy. Going to school, working, and being involved in church are not bad things independently. However, letting a filled planner run your life will drain you.
Much as it pains me to admit, I AM NOT INVINCIBLE. God did not create me to live life going a hundred miles an hour, every day. He created us HUMAN.
Our souls, much like our physical bodies, need rest. Be it ten minutes in the morning to meditate on The Word or a half hour at lunch to simply breathe, let your spirit relax and refill. Shoot y’all, I created a playlist on my Spotify JUST for this purpose. I know the notion of taking time out of your day for an hour can be impractical, but maybe on the days you have off, try saying no to barbecues, parties, or even a church event.
Learning to recharge my heart and body is something I still struggle to memorize. I want to be able to do it all!
Doing everything sounds great in theory, but sometimes we think our actions and good works excuse us from needing time to ourselves or time to sit with Jesus and reconnect.
This simply isn’t how life works. We were created with the intent to fellowship with God and worship Him. Sometimes that means giving God the reigns of your wild ride and taking time to breathe. I want to encourage you not to get so overwhelmed and burnt out, you hit rock bottom. Some people are stubborn and will hit the bedrock with a BANG before they learn to obey the simple instruction in Psalms.
Paul wrote to the early church in Colossae, “Let the peace of the Messiah also rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body, and be thankful,” Colossians 3:15. This isn’t a new struggle only Christians in the 21st century are dealing with! Our brothers and sisters, hundred of years ago had a difficult time getting this down. I pray every reader comes to master this lesson faster than I will!
Bethany is a Huntsville, AL native. Her love of travel coupled with her heart for the nations and sharing the Gospel with each and every one have influenced her to major in international relations at MTSU. You can usually find her in the school library, a local coffee shops or a book stores. Two of her favorite book stores are The Grumpy Book Peddler and Mckays. She is passionate about teaching women the importance of studying the Bible and getting back to Biblical feminism.