Do you ever feel like your calendar is bogged down with busy-ness? Just a constant flow of things. You’ve got school drop off and pick up, appointments, errands, cleaning the house, picking up toys, rearranging furniture, playing with your kids, making meals, phone calls, business meetings, quiet time, organizing closets, work obligations, church events, birthday parties and actually making time to spend with your family. Do you feel like you just keep going and doing and feel guilty telling people no, trying to control all of it but in reality your busy-ness is really controlling you?
The pressures in our culture are everywhere and most of the time we don’t even realize how many there are. I know for me, it just feels like there are things I HAVE to do, ALL the time. The reality of it is, that not all of them are HAVE to’s. We put so much pressure on keeping up, to keep going and to stay ahead of the game and staying relevant – everywhere. Pressure to DO DO DO. Now, there is a time and place for some pressure in our lives so we don’t become complacent and lazy. But the pressure we are talking about, the one that makes us feel like we are wrong or failing or selfish or obsessive – that’s the one that needs attention.
In the word, the Lord calls us to have a different way of life. He calls us to rest, to have peace and contentment in our lives. He says that a life of eternal significance, the one that focuses on HIM and what He has called us to do, that is the life we were created to live. You see, the enemy has a way of sneaking in to our minds making us think they are “HAVE TO’S”, when in reality, it’s just enslaving us to unnecessary pressure. And you know, the enemy can also enslave you to good things in your life too. Things like your job or ministry or even things you enjoy doing. If you find that something that is good in your life is starting to RUN your life, then you need to take a second look at what is really going on.
If you are like me, the idea of being still and resting almost makes my skin crawl. I do best when I have a lot on my plate – until it’s TOO much and I just break down. If you are at a place where it feels like there needs to be two of you to get all your ‘stuff’ done, then you are doing too much. Praying and going to the Lord, asking his discernment in this area of your life is absolutely necessary. Ask the Lord to help you see where your limits are, where you can let some things go, say no or to know when to just stop and take a break. In your prayer time try to look for your most common pressures in your life that cause you stress, exhaustion and separation and give them to Him.
“God’s purpose in giving you Sabbath spaces amid your full, productive life is to help you be uninhibited in your devotion, service, and worship of Yahweh. Margin keeps you from marginalizing God. When our lives are packed to the brim with things that squeeze God to the periphery, it’s a sure sign we’ve replaced our devotion to God with a love for something else. – Priscilla Shirer, Fervent”
I am at rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I will never be shaken.
From the end of the eart I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
I will trust in the shelter of your wings.