The original posting of this was posted by me on my Blogspot/Blogger blog, on Sunday, February 28, 2010. The message is still a part of my story, so I thought I would post it again.
When I was little there was a show on called Romper Room. The theme song said “Do be a do bee and don’t be a don’t bee.”
Well my “Do bee” and my “Don’t bee” have been colliding as of late. Stated another way, my Do-er and my Be-er have been having a fight.
My flesh says go and go, do and do. My spirit says stop striving. Listen for His heartbeat.
The only way to hear it is to be.
From just about every direction I’m hearing the same thing. Rest. Rest well. Repeat. Be intentional about listening. Reflect. Ponder.
Then, I feel like I’m doing that too much and being lazy.
I’ve really had to ask God where that line is. How can I be a “Do bee” and not cover His heartbeat with busy, and how can I be a “Don’t bee” without being slothful.
It is a fine line, but one that I believe He wants me to explore.
This mornings sermon implored us to put our whole faith in God. Trusting in Him alone to keep ourselves in balance. We cannot earn it or learn it. We have to look (at Him) and live.
I’m looking at Him, and believing that my hive will have the proper balance of “do-ing” and “be-ing” “…..
A lot has happened since that time.
I did indeed take the time to “Just be”.
I have quieted my soul. I have reflected. I have pondered.
And I have heard His heartbeat. Right there next to mine.
I’m not saying that every day is quiet and peaceful, but I am saying that there are more and more quiet days than ever before, and it soothes my nerves, and keeps my heart at peace.
I have in fact, been able to coach a few people in the “Art of Quietude”.
It may not be for everyone, but I urge you to try it. Even for a short time. You can even begin with three minutes!
What you need to know, is that it isn’t always easy, in fact, the distractions get downright overpowering.
But if you want a quiet spirit, and a quiet mind, it is possible to achieve it.
Romans 12 speaks of renewing our minds, I wholeheartedly believe it can be done.
You know the saying, “If I can do it, you can too”?
It’s so true – even my run away thoughts can be tamed.
Would you like to give it a try?