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Let's run away from all of it....

This is my peaceful spot. It is the most important spot in the world to me. This spot right here is where I go when I just can’t. When I get overwhelmed by the world, by everything and I just need to escape.

Did you ever just get so overwhelmed by all of the noise? Everyone, everything clamoring for your attention? Pulling you this way and that way. Just so much noise. In the background, in front of you, all around you. Even our quiet times aren’t quiet. The noise just moves inside your mind.

Read this. Read that.

Listen to this.

I need to do this with this person and then that with that person.

Everyone one is doing this together, so I need to do it with them too.

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal." - 1 Corinthians 13:1

But while we are doing everything, listening to everything, watching everything, it all gets to be too much. And none of it is actually feeding your soul. None of it is feeding my soul. My needs.

What we need to do...what I need to to just shut it all out. Find those peaceful spots, those peaceful moments in our days. Stop. Listen. Draw near to His voice and his voice alone. He has something for you. Just you. He knows what you need, what I need. And while you can spend all day reading and listening and watching, it may not be the message he has for you. That message is getting drowned out by all of the noise that is constantly around us and in us. He becomes impossible to hear His voice over it all.

"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." - Romans 10:17

Maybe it’s just the introvert in me needing a break. But I don't think so. And it’s not that I am against fellowship...I love it and need it just like everyone else. We are called to be together as Christians. I think we are just so used to being plugged in, so used to being involved in everything with everyone.

" The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” - Exodus 14:14

Sometimes, though, I think God just wants to speak to us. That special time alone with our Father is so sacred and so important. We all get so intertwined with everything and then life gets complicated. God didn’t call us to be complicated. He didn’t make it hard- not prayer, not spending time with Him, not worship. We are the ones who muck it up and tie everything in a way that makes it difficult. We make everything so big, so busy, so hard. So about ourselves. We overextend ourselves ”in His name.”

But He doesn’t want all that. He doesn't want the complicated, hard, and difficult. He wants us to just be still. He wants us to still our hearts. Still our minds. Still our bodies. Just be with Him. Listen to him. Listen to the message He has for you. For me.

"Be Still and know that I am God" - Psalm 46:10

We, I, need to step back and just be still. Just fill up in Him. Remember what it is really all about. It’s not about all of the reading plans. It’s not about the buildings. It’s not about the music. It’s not about all of the noise. Because sometimes, when we are pushing everything, doing everything, it becomes just that: clanging noise.

It’s about Him. It’s about what He wants for you, for me. It’s about loving and forgiving. It’s about peace and calm. It’s about hope and trust.

So I’m going back to my spot. My quiet spot in the woods. I’m going to just breathe Him in. I'm going to block the world out and just be still with Him.

"The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life." - Job 33:4

Keep finding the light.....

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