What Happens When We Don’t Slow Down

Leon Fontaine Devoted

And behold, the Lord passed by…but the Lord was not in the wind…not in the earthquake…not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:11-12 (NKJV)

Finding stillness today doesn’t come naturally. We live in a world that is ever connected and never still.

We have to intentionally create quiet time where we set aside the cares of the day and turn to the Word, meditating on the fullness of God’s love, grace and provision. Then we wait in that still, quiet place and ask Holy Spirit to reveal the Father to us. It’s here where we receive encouragement, comfort, leading and strength.

When we take the time to be still and cultivate God’s presence, gradually our sensitivity and awareness of His presence becomes greater and greater so that even in stressful situations, we’re conscious He’s there. It’s in our quiet time with Him that we develop this ability.

When we’re still, we open ourselves up to creative ideas and direction. We don’t get clear direction by praying desperately; we get it in the stillness of our quiet time with God. For me, it’s while I quietly read my Bible in the morning, it’s when I’m on my deck listening to the wind in the trees as I let God’s Word speak to me.

If all we do is go, go, go, it brings a leanness to our souls to the point where we don’t even know who we are. We suffer a lack of purpose and become unfulfilled and unhappy.

All it takes to begin to turn this around is to grab moments in God’s Word every day, then going to that still, quiet place to meditate on His presence, provision and power.