When cleaning and accomplishing, which are two of my defining traits, I move quickly. My achieve hat goes on and I conquer task after task. Well, until recently. I’ve injured my right foot in such a way that I can barely walk in the morning. When I do walk around for the necessary things, I wear special shoes. But the crux of the matter is that I have to be still 75% of my waking hours to give my injury time to heal. I have to be still.
Be still, and listen.
From the time I was small, I have been an achiever. Not in competition with anyone but myself, I make things happen every day.
I like improvement and goals, fixing things and making things look nice. In fact, one of the things my husband and I have in common is focused effort on whatever we are doing. We can be intense.
Honestly, we also have to force ourselves to relax. Things like sleeping in have to be turned into a goal in order for us to actually do it.
After writing that section, I read it aloud to my husband, and we both laughed sharing a moment of understanding.
Together, we have to cultivate a culture of comfort and quiet relaxation with purpose. Not much happens in our house without a purpose. We excel at purposeful activity.
(more laughter now with tears rolling down our faces)
However, enter foot.
This injury requires purposeful relaxation. I have to be still.
I am forced to sit in a recliner with my foot up. For many people this situation would be nirvana. For me, not so much. My brain is constantly making lists of things to accomplish, things that need to be done, problems to be solved. ( work on taxes, take down Christmas, my next blog, plan our vacation, list of home improvement…blah blah blah)
In order to combat the constant brain storming, I have made it a goal to let my foot heal and use this time to write and gasp! listen.
Psalm 46:10a Be still and know that I am God…
It is a God thing.
I have to hone in on this one directive. For an indeterminate time, I have to let go of daily goals, achievement, and constant activity and listen to what God has to say.
This morning it is stop, be still and listen.
Who knows what tomorrow will bring? I am expectant. He has my attention.
Barefoot and writing,
For more verses on topic what the Bible says about Be still and listen.
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Psalm 100:3 Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Psalm 37:7 7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; fret not when men prosper in their ways, when they carry out wicked schemes.
Jerimiah 29:11,12 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.…