I’m too busy …

 

I was at a Women’s Retreat this past weekend; for three days we were free to immerse ourselves in seeking renewal of our relationships with our Maker, Our Almighty God. Time flew by; intense thoughts, questions, ideas, permeated the very air; the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, evidenced in my encounters with these precious ladies. I was busy; but I was about my Father’s work.

I am intense; I always have a mission; I never do anything half-way; busyness is not only the state of my mind, but the state of my body as well; constantly in readiness for fight or flight, tension and anxiety rule.

Time with You, Dear Lord, is a high priority for me; centering my thoughts, my fingers approach the keyboard and start their tap-dance; is this time also part of my busyness? I don’t know. I do know sitting quietly is not something I do well; my mind converses with my many selves; no time for listening to Your voice, Dear Lord; I tackle whatever present project prevents me from stillness; I am too busy.

I pondered a revolutionary idea presented by one of the weekend speakers who used the letters of the word busy as an acronym for Being Under Satan’s Yoke. As I think on this, I see how very true this is for me. Gardening, reading, walking, playing pickle ball, traveling, shopping, cooking, eating, watching TV, all demand so much of my time. Is that right? Do they demand time; or do I allow them to demand my time? Even writing in my blog daily is a form of busyness that focuses on my thoughts; do I fully allow Your Word, Your thoughts, Your guidance, Your teachings to penetrate, to permeate, to punctuate Your Perfect Plan. I wonder.

My aim, my goal, my intention is to spend time with You, Dear Lord; I enjoy this time we share; I look forward to waking and writing my love letters to You. Is this not relationship building? Is this time spent alone with my Lord, my heart, my soul, my spirit, vital to me? I answer with a most resounding affirmative! I love writing to You; I love having those ‘ah-ha’ moments; I love when my fingers take on a life of their own and truths are spelled out letter by letter on the screen; I love being taken by surprise by an insight that comes from seemingly nowhere-yet knowing in my knower, where those thoughts did indeed spring.

I thank You, Dear Heavenly Father, that You meet me where I am; whether I’m in my big fat black recliner, or at the dining room table, there You are. I am truly blessed by Your Faithfulness, Your Presence, Your Desire to sit quietly, waiting for me to sit quietly and wait for You! Thank You for being mindful of me even in the midst of my busyness. Amen

 

 

Psalm 143:7-8  God’s Word Translation 
Answer me quickly, O Lord.
My spirit is worn out.
Do not hide your face from me,
or I will be like those who go into the pit.
Let me hear about your mercy in the morning,
because I trust you.
Let me know the way that I should go,
because I long for you.

 

Mark 6:31  New International Version 
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

 

Philippians 4:6-7  New International Version 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Leaning on Jesus, leaning on God, leaning on the Holy Spirit, gives me a chance to rest, to not try to carry all on my shoulders, to stop awhile and not only lean on, but lean in to hear Your still small voice.

 

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

Author: E. A. Hoffman  1887
Tune: Showalter

 

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain

 

 

 

 

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