The beautiful new planner sits on my desk, a collection of blank, white pages ready to be filled. I actually purchased it in the airport after speaking for a weekend. The clean pages and calm colors drew me in.
As it lays on my desk, this calendar may seem silent, but don’t let it fool you. In reality, it is sending me messages; the same messages I have heard for years. Action leads to achievement it whispers to my mind. You had better get moving; time is ticking by.
Much of my life, maybe like yours, has been dedicated to the development of my talents and my abilities, increasing my capacity and getting it all done. As a young professional, my worth hung on the words of my employer – positive or negative. As a mom, I needed to hear that I was doing a good job. In this new season, I call “just us”, where our kids are on their own, you would think this inner drive would slow down. But it doesn’t. See, it’s not my surroundings that drive me; it comes from inside.
Maybe as a new year begins to approach, the same happens to you. You hear the sounds of “hustle harder” so you make all the goals, begin the new plans, and start a fail-proof system. That has defined my January for many years as well.
Recently, I’ve started listening to a different voice. It’s a voice that has been there all along, I’d just failed to hear it. This voice speaks to me to set aside all the demanding expectations I feel and breathe a short prayer. It calls to me with calming words directing me to be still with God. Habakkuk 2:20 says, “But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.” ESV This voice is the Holy Spirit, the One who has been with me and in me since the day I said yes to Jesus; accepting His new life and giving Him mine. He calls me to quiet and to peace. He calls me away from hustle and hurry.
I’m learning to not only listen better to this still, peaceful voice but also to remind myself throughout the day of the messages He sends me in His word: “My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.” Psalm 62:5 NASB
Stillness; it goes against everything the New Year stands for. Yet it is everything our soul longs for; peace, contentment, and serenity.
Our worth can’t survive on the daily grind of doing it all. Instead, it is built in the quietness of learning who He is, so I can know who I am.
Oh, Jesus. Thank you for calling me to come and be still. It goes against not only the culture but sometimes the voice inside of me. Help me to still my heart and come to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Find some time today, even if just a few moments, to set down the phone, turn off the noise and be quiet with Jesus. Reflect on how good He is and let His calm wash over you.