Being in a place of forced stillness this week, I’m meditating on what can be gained through this “season.”
I would rather be busy about my life, moving and shaking through my days, accomplishing much. But, God has me in a place of forced stillness. So, I will choose to embrace it, to lean into the Lord and to live in the now. Not in the “must do’s.”
Being still doesn’t necessarily mean sitting around all day, soaking in the sunshine. A person can have an internal stillness while being externally purposeful.
These are 5 benefits that come from being still:
1. Being still strengthens the spirit, and increases my trust in God. It gives me a keener receptivity to what’s going on around me.
2. As I reduce my busy pace, my spirit is also taking it slow, savoring the quiet. I’m leaning into Jesus a little more. This creates a greater sense of peace within.
3. I can still be purposeful. I can pray for others. I’m looking at what’s going on in the lives of loved ones and seeing if there’s some way I can encourage them.
4. I can open my heart to listen—really listen—to what God is speaking to me. I rarely hear His voice audibly, but I do hear His words within my heart. If I am still enough to listen.
5. I am cherishing those who are closest to me. Slowing my own mind and heart to listen to what’s on theirs.
What about you? When have you been in a season of forced stillness? How do you encourage stillness in your life?