My life is extremely busy. It always has been. I received my first planner in fourth grade. It was 8.5×11, Baby Sitters Club themed and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I wrote things like “Stacy’s birthday party” and “school play” in it. I loved having activities to write in that planner.
Fast forward 20 years. While, I still use a paper planner today, it is a lot fuller than my Baby Sitter’s Club one. Now it is filled with meetings, doctors appointments, lunch dates with friends, travel plans and more. All of that doesn’t include the day to day responsibilities of day care drop off, dishes, laundry and the like.
I have a problem with busyness.
You see, I like being busy. I like experiencing things and being a part of projects.
But lately, the busyness is taking over my life.
In my heart, the Holy Spirit prompts the words of the Lord, “Be still and know that I am God.”
How can I possibly be still when my life has so much in it?
He whispers, “Be still and know that I am God.”
I already feel like I can barely get everything accomplished.
“Be still and know that I am God.”
I fight it, until I can’t fight it anymore.
Twice this week I had to let go some plans go so I could rest, my body exhausted and unable to do any more.
It was as if the Lord came upon me and said, “Rest my child. Be still.”
Last night was one of those nights. I had a migraine for much of the day and after dinner, I curled up with a blanket on the couch, barely able to keep my eyes open at 8:30 p.m. I went to bed at nine and woke up this morning refreshed, ready to take on a busy day.
The Holy Spirit prompted me, This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.
And so that is going to be my choice today. I will be busy. But I will also steal away some still moments to remember that God is in control and to be joyous.
Are you like me? Do you fight being too busy? What do you do to be still?