Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Being Still is Kingdom Work

I may have mentioned a time or two on this blog how much I love going to the lake to recharge my spiritual batteries.

One of the things I love about our afternoons at the lake is the opportunity to just sit and be still. When you are continually on the go like I am, sitting and doing nothing doesn't seem like you are being productive, but it really is.

The pressure of ticking off items on the to-do list is eased, and you can actually let those fleeting thoughts that race through your brain stop and speak to you.

Dare I say that even in those minutes (hours are better) of silence, God-thoughts might even come your way?

See how this beautiful lake reflects God's creation on its mirror-like surface? As a Christ-follower, my job is to reflect Him back to the world so that those who don't know Him would at least become curious about Him.

How can I be a reflection of Him if I never take the time to know Him?

Be still, and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations,I will be exalted in the earth!  Psalm 46:10

Of course, the lake is not the only place where we can be still. Each of us can find a special time and place where we can be alone with God. It is the effort of seeking Him that is important, not the location.

But from now on, when I go to the lake, I'm going to say I'm doing kingdom work there. I think that should make going a priority, don't you?

Where do you go to be still?

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Linda Ann Nickerson said...

"How can I be a reflection of Him if I never take the time to know Him?"

Great reminder. Thanks!

Preslaysa Williams said...

Love this! I usually try to get still early in the morning before the kids are up :-)

Michele Morin said...

OH, the still surface of a lake does it for me every time. What a wonderful collection of word pictures here, Jerralea!
Thank you!

betty said...

it is always good to be still and seems like a lake is a good place for you to do just so :) Having a quiet house with no one home here is a great still place for me :)


Faith said...

Wonderful! If you have ever read my blog posts you know I write OFTEN on this very topic. MY fave place to "be still" is the lake where our kayaks are currently being kept....and this morning I was just on my backyard swing with my Bible, a devotional and a wonderful cup of coffee....any place in nature is usually where I am most comfortable being intimate with my Creator. thanks for a wonderful post!

Leah Adams said...

Sooooo, you gave me something on which to ponder. Being still is kingdom work. You are so right, Jerralea, yet I had never thought of it in that way. That makes being still a much more critical initiative, doesn't it? Thank you for this! It is freeing and so helpful.

Sue Donaldson said...

My favorite place is my green chair in the front room before anyone gets up. I have to crate the puppy bc all she wants to do is play fetch. As an extreme extrovert, I still crave and need this time to breathe and be still. have a blessed week! sue

Joanne Viola said...

Jerralea, so very true. It's the effort of seeking Him that is so important. I am so grateful that no matter where I may be, I can find Him if I seek Him. Blessings!

Tammy Provins said...

Yes, being STILL is kingdom work! I love that! Jesus went away to be STILL with the Father so how much more do we need to. There is something about being close to water, God's creation, and being still. Some of my best times with the Lord have been near water. Like you said, we can create other places to be still with him that's the main thing. Thank you for your words here!

Jennifer Clarke said...

Such a good word, Jerralea. God tells us to be still, so of course it's kingdom work! But we don't think of it that way, do we? Thank you for sharing this encouragement with us at Grace & Truth!