Monday, March 14, 2011

Slowing Down

I realized something last night.

I don't slow down.

I dream about slowing down.

But, every time I try, something throws a kink into my plans

Honestly, slowing down is not part of my make-up.

Not sure why it's so difficult to me. Even when I'm relaxing, my mind is going a mile-a-minute.

I was reminded of the Scripture last night where Elijah heard God's voice in the quiet whisper:

 Then he was told, "Go, stand on the mountain at attention before GodGod will pass by."

    A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but Godwasn't to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn't in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn't in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.

 When Elijah heard the quiet voice, he muffled his face with his great cloak, went to the mouth of the cave, and stood there. A quiet voice asked, "So Elijah, now tell me, what are you doing here?" 1 Kings 19:11-14

Sometimes I feel like I'm begging God to hear His voice and for a fresh, new vision of who He is ... a new revelation ... a new glimpse.

I realize He's there all the time, in the same place. But, it's me that's holding myself back from more of Him.

I'm the one that has not only moved, but can't stop moving.

"Be still" ... those words seem almost impossible.

But, how else can I hear His still, small voice, but when I'm quiet and still?

Instead of searching and running, I should be sitting still.

Even my mind races from one thought to the next.

Keeping my mind still and quiet is unthinkable.

I want God to be the One moving me and not me moving God. 

"Hurry up, God ... I need this right now." 
"God, I can't wait anymore. I have to move forward." 
"God, if You're not going to answer me, I'll have to find an answer myself."

I treat God like He's the annoying grandpa driver in front of me, going 35 mph. I just want Him to either speed it up or get out of my way.

I'm ready to slow down. 

I'm ready to be quiet.

God, I want to hear Your voice above all the noise in my head and in my life.


Dionna said...

Great post. I've been trying so hard to slow down my life but the world is not cooperating. :) When the school scheduls mandatory evening fairs for your child etc - it can be tough. But I will still hear His whisper.

Karen said...

I was just reading last night how God made Elijah rest beneath the Juniper tree, sent an angel to wake him and give him bread and water, and caused him to rest again. If we don't slow down, at some point God will slow us down.

Marlene said...

Great word and oh so true! I know from personal experience if we do not slow down on our own God will do it for us, in ways we don't like & still try to do it all. I really don't know how I used to do all that I did. Well I do, it was & is God! It would have been so much easier if I would have asked for his help from the beginning of a task or project. I can't believe how much easier it goes & I'm able to get it done especialy with the MS looming over me. Before I start I say Father you know I can not do anything with out you, so if your will is to have me do this today & not just my own flesh you will have to help me.

Tara said...

Such. Good. Stuff. You're awesome!