“Be still and know that I’m God” Psalm 46:10. Study the lives of great people, and you will discover that every one of them drew apart from the hurry and demands of life for rest and reflection.
Great poems are not written amid the noise. In the Old Testament, Elijah found God, not in the earthquake or the fire, but in “the still small voice.” Moses saw the burning bush as he was out on the hillside. Saul of Tarsus was on the lonely, quiet road to Damascus when he had the heavenly vision. Jesus took time to be alone and pray. We sometimes forget that before Jesus sent out His disciples to conquer the world, He told them to wait and pray for God’s power.
It’s easy to be busy, to try and do so many things each day. Noise seems to be our constant companion. And if that’s not enough, our eyes are infiltrated with all forms of social media. We find it hard to unplug, even on vacation, we seem to be pulled towards all the stuff we wanted to get away from. But it is in quietness, in rest, and reflection that God revives life in us! Like an old watch, the human spirit can run down. We can lose our drive and push. We become less willing to attempt the difficult; we are crusaders no more. We can begin to feel that all the juice has been squeezed out of us and left is just the pulp, when God created man the Bible says He breathed into him the breath of life and man became a living soul. Let God breathe into you again His life! Make room for rest and reflection and see what God will do.