Learning To Be Still

Have you ever tried to quiet your mind, but thoughts keep bombarding with chaotic precision? I understand. I used to live like that. In fact, I kept noise going all the time so I wouldn’t be able to hear what I was thinking.

Then in 1983 my doctor friend gave me a book called something like ‘Do You Hear What You Are Thinking?’ I thought it was the strangest title. I never ‘heard’ what I was thinking because it was a symphony of noises. Nothing was really distinct. It was like static on the radio.

I learned about spiritual journaling in 1976. I had a diary as a child so I knew about writing down things. It was never my thoughts, just things that I did that day. This was far different. This was writing down the thoughts the Holy Spirit would give me as I was reading Scripture.

Here is an interesting exercise. As you read a verse that the Holy Spirit highlights, write it in your journal. Now ask yourself this question: What would it look like if my life was described by this verse?

Spiritual journaling is also writing down our questions for the Lord regarding our life. It requires being still, focused, attentive, and receptive. Knowing that He wanted me to spend time with Him was a whole new concept. Why would God want to spend time with me?

Even though I accepted the Lord in 1958, it wasn’t until years later that I understood that He enjoyed me. A phrase in a new song that the Holy Spirit gave me caused my heart to open further. ‘Knowing Your joy as You behold me…”

Does that remind you of Zephaniah 3:17? It says, “The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” What a glorious picture!

Does His love for you quiet your mind and all the thoughts that intrude against yourself? Here is another verse that is amazing to consider. His thoughts toward us, according to Psalm 139:18, cannot be numbered.

Psalm 139:17-18 says, “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You.”

How do you picture yourself in Psalm 23:2? It says, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.” I used to live in Washoe Valley, Nevada. It was a community nestled between Reno and Carson City. 

As I would drive to Carson City on a calm day, the small lake would perfectly reflect the sky and trees. I often stopped just to drink in the still beauty. When our heart is still inside, we are able to reflect the character of the Lord. He is never rushed, nor bombarded with negative thoughts.

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