Lately I’ve realized how much time I spend doing “something.” Even when I’m waiting for doctor appointments, my girls to get out of school, or a sports activity, etc – I’m doing something. Often it’s checking my messages, texting someone, reading a magazine or book I need to catch up on, writing an article, playing a game on my phone to pass the time…..something.
So recently, I made the conscious choice to just “sit” for a while. While my daughter was in at volleyball practice – I just sat. I looked out my car windows, and I watched the world. I listened to the rain. I observed. I took in life.
When I waited for my daughter to get on the bus, I sat. I watched the kids in the parking lot. I observed. I took in life.
It felt so good.
I don’t need to always pass the time. Sometimes the very thing I need the most is to be fully in the moment. Aware of my heart, my soul, and the world around me. I need a few minutes to not listen to music, not be talking to someone, not be reading anything – and just exist.
It takes a little getting used to at first and it may sound boring to you. But it was anything but boring to me. It was if my eyes were being opened again after sleeping for so long.
We have busied ourselves so much that we even busy ourselves in our free time! We’ve forgotten how to relax. Not just relax our bodies, but our very inner beings. And as a result, we’ve become very intense people. People who don’t know how to fall asleep at night. People who don’t remember how to look out the window on a car ride or a plane ride – but instead have noses buried in something or another.
God gave us our senses for a reason. Our ears – our eyes – our noses – our mouths. All very important. All very useful. All can be overloaded.
There’s an old saying that says, “Stop and smell the roses.” So simple. So true. When was the last time we did that? When was the last time you simply – stopped and were still.
God has been shouting a verse to me in the last few months. It is part of Psalm 46:10. “Be still and know that I am God.”
Be still and know.
Be still and know that I AM.
That’s so hard to do when we’re always texting someone, checking messages, listening to Ipods, reading whatever it is that lay in front of us….we need to stop going so much. Stop filling up our free moments. Stop passing time. And be still. Absorb. Take it in. Relax.
We have no idea how much we need it.