This article was originally posted in 2017 on my blog giftsonthejourney.com. However, I feel that it is very appropriate for our time now of social distancing and staying home during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Some days on the journey our minds, bodies, and souls feel tired and worn out. That is when we need to allow ourselves to experience the gift of stillness. We need time alone to recharge our batteries, enjoy peace and quiet, and listen within. By listening we may become more aware of our thoughts and desires and perhaps gain inspiration from God regarding important life decisions. In the quiet, we can also find rest in the peace that His presence provides.
I tend to go to other sources for answers I seek, while all along God is waiting for me in the silence. He wants me to stop…stop thinking, stop talking, stop reading, stop listening to other people…and be still. In Psalm 46:10 in the Bible, God says, “Be still, and know that I am God…” He wants to guide me on my journey, if only I will set aside time to listen after praying and trust Him with the answers. Proverbs 3:5-6 states, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
If you are struggling today with any situation, know that God cares enough about you to guide you. Try getting still and just listening within. You may gain answers, but you almost certainly will gain peace. This is a great practice to do each day. I hope that you take the time to enjoy this gift on the journey.