Slipping Away

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When life feels busy, what is your reaction? Too often we equate busyness with success and stagnancy with laziness. The Enemy knows all too well how the culture of America is, as he has been putting this in to place decade by decade. Stores used to be closed on Sundays. Now only the weird ones close their doors during daylight hours on a weekend! We see them as counter cultural. Among other things, our culture celebrates the worldly success at all cost. We don’t value those who keep the important things important. We do not strive for balance as much as we strive for the latest and greatest thing.

Have you ever created a whirlpool? My parents have a small above-ground pool and growing up, one of my favorite things to do was to walk in the same direction for several minutes and then turn and fight the current. The motion I was making wasn’t much to be honest, but once I had made a dozen laps or so, the current was strong and I could simply stop what I was doing and float. The current would take me around and around with no more effort on my part. In life this can be detrimental to your path. If you get so focused on creating one thing―by the time you realize it’s the wrong thing, the current you have created is so strong that it will take great effort to do anything but go with the flow. If I had taken time to rest between each lap, the current would never get overpowering. So take time to rest in what you are striving for, to give your spirit a chance to check in with the Father, and evaluate your progress and direction. If you feel encouraged to stay the course then go for it. If you are feeling a nudge to make a shift, it is easier to do it from a place of rest than a place of motion.

Quiet yourself before the Father and he will use the Holy Spirit to show you where you need to go and what you need to do.

John 5:16 says, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

He rested. He took pause to evaluate the situation and connect with the Father. These times―I am sure― refueled him to do the works he was doing. I can’t imagine any of us could do a fraction of the works he did without a constant checking in with God. But in John 14:12 Jesus says this: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

We are projected to do greater things than the miracles Jesus did! This makes slipping away to rest a must. We can never do those things without the miraculous power of God. We need his presence, and in order to usher it in our lives, we must quiet ourselves at some point to receive. He is eager to give but he needs our attention. He will get it one way or another.

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