Being on a break over the past few weeks I realized how much gets exposed when we simply stop from the numbing effects of routine and the constant state of ‘busy’.
Men, probably not only men though, have almost an inbuilt coping mechanism of just ‘keeping on going’ in the hope that either uncomfortable things will go away if ignored for long enough.
Like fasting, resting has a way of exposing us. It’s funny what comes to light when you fast: attitudes, fears and niggles. A healthy, redemptive self-examination is much better to be worked within our daily routines and weekly schedules than waiting for that break.
We need to learn to avoid hiding ourselves from the gracious scrutiny of the Spirit-opened Scriptures and learn to ‘dwell’ in His presence, in the company of the One who as CS Lewis describes Aslan: ‘isn’t safe but he is good.’
It’s time to keep pursuing that stillness of His presence, from which we will emerge with a greater strength to face our daily battles.
‘Be still and know that I am God.’ Psalm 46:10
‘As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.’ Psalm 42:1