One of my favorite places to be still is sitting beside the beautiful flowing water of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park . From the smooth gray rocks, I can feel my heart draw near to God and him to me. As I sit there quietly, I realize that in that still moment, God had provided all of this natural beauty for me to enjoy and I’m just a small part of his plan.
In the book of Psalms, God is speaking when he says, “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation.I will be honored throughout the world.”
Stillness is a hard thing for me, I find value in doing and accomplishing things. Sometimes I find my value in the doing, rather in the intrinsic value I was created with. I always have a list of things to do, and my mind focuses on getting them done. I need to be constantly reminded that God does not want me to keep doing and doing; instead, he values that I be still, in his presence and draw close to him.
I love the quote from Martin Luther that helps put this in perspective for me, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” It is in the stillness that God can speak and draw us to him.
It is a great reminder that God wants us to be still, and through doing so, we can know God better and help to bring him honor.
I would challenge you to join me in sitting in the stillness and drawing close to God. In setting aside time we feel like we don’t have, for prayer, before tackling the to do list.
Amanda Simmonds is a founding plant team member at The Table. For the past 5 years she has also used her gifts serving on the Leadership Team. Currently, Amanda's role is in the operations of The Table and also organizing our Small Group Ministry.