Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. PSALM 62:5
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed — or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” LUKE 10:41-42
Mary did the better thing: she embraced stillness. She was spending time with the King Himself. All while her sister, the productive one, was running around preparing a meal, anxious and frustrated and bossy.
Unfortunately, I can relate a lot more to Martha than Mary. I will err toward productivity — or at least busyness, a poor substitute — rather than feel lazy by doing nothing. “Quiet time” is great so long as it doesn’t take too much, well, time. All the better if I can pray on the go.
But what does this fast-forward mentality fill me with? More static and confusion. We can’t be receivers of God’s love and peace if we are moving targets. Imagine a soda factory. As fast as bottles move through the production line, they at least pause long enough to be filled up with bubbly liquid.
For me, hitting the pause button is easier when I play a praise song before I dive into the Bible. I wish I could say I do this every morning. But when I do it, I see how in the span of a three- to four-minute song, my pulse rate slows, my mind calms and my heart fills with joy. Joy begets joy, and I’m eager to continue being filled by reading His Word.
Mike Ashcraft reminded us on Sunday that there is a connection between stillness and fullness. Stillness allows us to be loved by God just as we are, without checking off a to-do list or earning the right to be loved.
It’s never too late to be still. Christmas is the perfect time to practice, and perhaps a time when we all need it most.
- Does your quiet time look more like a serene meadow or a soda factory?
- What would you like your time with God to be like?
- What’s one small step you can take in that direction?
Dear Father in Heaven, thank you for wanting to spend time with us. You see the best in us and You’re delighted when we seek You. And oh how we benefit! Your peace is a balm to our weary souls. Help us to proactively seek You rather than simply check the “quiet time” box and move on. Fill us with Your love and peace, so we can overflow with love and peace to those around us. Amen.
PC3 writer Katy Davis wrote today’s devotional.