Does that sound like you? Running, returning? Running, returning? Is your day filled with kids’ sports practices or games, errands to run, committee meetings to attend, business meetings or home business functions to attend to, chores to do?
Do you flap your wings of busyness but don’t seem to get anywhere? Do you go in four different directions at once? Do you flit about but miss out on hearing God’s voice?
The above verse of scripture captured my attention lately, but these two verses drew me into deeper thinking…
“When they stopped, they let down their wings. And every time they stopped, there came a voice from the crystal sky above them.” (Ezek. 1:24b-25 TLB)
Hmmm…when they halted their fluttering, when they stood still and let down their wings, they heard God’s voice.
How does this apply to us?
With unfurled wings, we flap around in frustration. We flit about doing our own thing. We dart sideways in anxiety. If we continuously flutter our wings of busyness, we have no time for the Lord in our schedule. And we will not hear His voice.
Energy is wasted. Time is lost. And eventually, we will wear out if we do not slow down and hit the delete button on a few things in our lives. The saying is so true: Master time or it will master you.
Jesus took time to slow down and be with His Father, going off to the solitude and serenity of the mountainside or the gardens to pray. And He rested by the well.
Distractions are everywhere. Therefore, we need to let down our fluttering wings. Hush the world’s din and confusion. Rest our harried minds. Get quiet in the presence of the Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to calm the chaos and bring peace and harmony to our frustrated souls.
And wait. Wait to hear the Voice of the Ages as He whispers those precious words of love, peace, comfort, and guidance to us.
When we sit by the well of stillness to pray, we dip into the Lord’s fount of refreshing Living Waters. As we sit, we may hear Him whisper to us…
“Do not rush into My presence looking at your watch. The busyness of life derails your attention. Let down the wings of your disquieted and busy spirit. Prepare by being still. I will be found in quietness and stillness.
“If My people would take time to be with Me, they would hear those soothing words of comfort and guidance for which they so desperately yearn. Therefore, be still and know.”
Be still and know. Be silent. Silent rearranged is listen. But it also forms the word enlist. When we are silent and listen to the Lord, we enlist His help and support.
Oh, how souls sadly lack when they make no time for the Lord. So much more is accomplished, with so little time expended, when one kneels in prayer…and listens!
Prayer: Lord, help me to make time to be with You, to block out the discord of the world, to still my spirit before I come to sit at Your feet. As I fold down my wings of busyness, I will hear Your sweet words of grace and peace. Lord, may my time be Yours. And when the world swirls around me, diverting my attention from You, may my heart be drawn back to seek the comfort of Your presence. May I be silent and listen. Amen!