August 22, 2012

Be Still

The last several weeks, I’ve felt like a chicken with its head cut off.

Running, and running, and running…

In circles, circles, circles…

With no real direction.

I’ve got my full-time job.  I’m prepping for an upcoming writer’s conference. I’m grading papers for the side teaching job that provides the money to go to the conference. I’m trying to start my next book. I’m trying to plan creative blog posts.

I’m trying, trying, trying.

Striving, looking anywhere I can for success. Is it under this rock? No? Move on to the next. Maybe it’ll be there.

Go, go, go.

You can do it, Lindsay. Push a little harder. Dig a little deeper. Bend a little faster.

And do the twist.

Hot potato, hot potato. One a penny, two a penny. Cacophony.

And I wonder why my hands are getting burned and my back aches.

It’s not that I don’t love what I do. Thank goodness I do. But there’s never enough time for it all.

I feel like I’ve been searching for something.

An answer. Some great revelation that will get me “there.”

And finally, it came to me.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

I want to. I really do. But it’s hard to stop.

To let go of the things I THINK will get me where I want to be.

To be still.

To fall back and think of Him, only Him.

But that is exactly…


What I want—no, need—to do.

Your Turn: Ever find it hard to simply be still?

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  1. I try to be still and let God handle things. Some days are easier than others. Not exactly a profound or helpful answer. :)

  2. You know the name of my blog, right? Thoughts that move. Yes, I find it near impossible to be still.

    But when I finally am I'm blessed in untold ways.
    ~ Wendy

    1. It's brings so much blessing to sit and just soak up Him and His whispers to our soul.

  3. YES! Yes, I find it incredibly hard to be still. Even if I'm trying to relax and watch a movie, I often feel like I need to be doing something productive while I'm watching. :)

    But I do try to spend the first 20-30 minutes of my morning with God. I'm not always successful at focusing during that time. But I'm trying...or, well, like you said, maybe it shouldn't really be about trying...but just...being with God.

    1. That's something I REALLY need to incorporate. Like, a lot, a lot.

  4. Be still? Sometimes those of us with a back injury here and nerve damage there have no choice. But I think there is a reason that on some days I simply cannot's to balance those days that I don't have time to think.
    I need to make time on the days that I can move, to not do so.

    1. Interesting how sometimes we have no choice, huh? God literally brings us to a stop. And sometimes, that's exactly what we need.

  5. Lindsay, I just said a prayer for you. There are definitely seasons where I find it hard to be still. That's when I become fiercely protective about my morning quiet time. When I'm busy, it's tempting to use that time to catch up on social media or other tasks. But I know from past experience that when my quiet time is the first to go, so is my sanity. My days may get crazy, but before they do, I spend time with the Lord. PERIOD. Protecting that time has been a saving grace from the Grace-Giver.

    1. Thank you for the prayer, friend! Much needed and appreciated.

      And I really need to start my days off like that. It's hard with so many things to accomplish, but it's probably the most necessary of those things.

  6. It's the hardest and most beautiful thing:)

    Hang in there, I think God is proud of your heart bent to serve him.

  7. I am lifting you up to God, Lindsay!You are in His hands.

    We all go through those busy times where life just seems to get out of hand. We need His peace, His stillness. It's always there for the taking.

    1. Thanks so much, Loree! That means more than you know. :)

  8. I am there with you 100%, my friend. Trying to get it all done...

    1. I know you definitely know! Mom of four, writer, and everything in between...I admire you, friend!

  9. Yes! This is where I am right now. We returned from a family vacation where it was go, go, go. Now I'm trying to catch up from my vacation. I needed this reminder today. Thanks!

    1. I needed the reminder myself. :) Returning from vacation often requires another vacation, it's so tiring!

  10. No, never.
    OK, that was totally a lie.
    I completely understand every word you wrote in this blog post. Every. Last. Word.
    And thank you for the reminder to "be still."
    I forgot that sometimes.
    A lot of the time.

    1. Your reply made me smile, Beth! Glad to know we are alike in more ways than our affinity for writing and editing!

  11. Lindsay - This post reminds me of one of my favorite 80's Christian Bands - Legend Seven. They sang a beautiful song called "Be Still" - here's the link (not sure which one works better...):

    Love it - praying for you!