For those people who know me, what I am about to say will be received with a certain degree of disbelief. I went to the Jersey shore for two days to visit with two girlfriends from boarding school. The issue of disbelief comes when I tell you that I sat on the deck of my friend’s home for 10 hours, with occasional food and bathroom trips. That means I sat still, talking, laughing, eating and drinking (no alcohol) for what would be considered by most as a long time.
As I reflected on this time, I realized what a privilege and necessity being still and quiet is. It just so happened that this was the “day of rest”, Sunday. God worked very hard for six days and rested on the seventh. He asks us to do the same. Stop, recharge, regroup, reflect and be rejuvenated. We need to stop! Stop moving, talking, texting, watching screens, just stop. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) We get so caught up in doings, we forget we are beings and in need of having our tanks filled. You can’t run on empty.
Begin to practice “stillness”. Begin with 15 minutes of just sitting, not doing anything. Watch the birds (my choice) list to the sounds of nature, whatever you can to slow down. Extend the time and while I don’t recommend 10 hours, you will be surprised at how good you will feel.