Do you ever feel like you’re on a merry-go-round ride? You want to get off and no matter how you try to signal the ride operator, he just doesn’t see you? Finally, in frustration, through gritted teeth you yell “somebody stop this thing and let me off!” You’re not alone, I’ve felt like that too, on more occasions than I care to admit.
I remember the old “I Love Lucy” show. Lucy and Ethel decide to get a job at a chocolate factory. They have a strict boss and are told point blank, if they mess up they’ll be fired! If you’ve ever watched the old reruns of this show I’m sure you know where it’s going. Those chocolates start humming down the assembly line, Lucy and Ethel’s job is to wrap them so they can be boxed in the next work area. It’s no big deal at first! They are in control and pretty satisfied that they can handle it. Next thing you know, the nice slow pace of the assembly line picks up a bit, getting harder for them to keep up with wrapping those babies. And then, the speed of the conveyor belt picks up even more. It’s next to impossible to perform the task! They resort to unusual tactics, such as shoving them in their mouth, down their dresses and under their hats. Anything to keep the boss from knowing they can’t cut it! So much for job satisfaction. How many times do we also overload ourselves with too much work? Sometimes even in the church if you’re not working yourself to death for the Lord you may feel you’re less important, and that’s just not true. I believe that too much of a good thing is just that too much! We all need times of refreshing and restoration. A time when we can slow down and be still before the Lord. A time where we enjoy our families without a bunch of scheduled activities. Over commitment at work, school, church or home can lead to burn out and it can make you sick. Our hearts may desire to do all sorts of things, and they can be good things in and of themselves and yet God isn’t calling us to do them. So how can we achieve stillness? Just be still! Take time to pray, meditate and be alone with God. Seek His direction for all that you do. It takes courage to step back from something and be still before God, but it’s needed. Even Jesus took time to be still and alone with the Father as you can see in these scripture references
And early in the morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there. ( Mark 1:35)
And immediately, He made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the multitude away. And after bidding them farewell, he departed to the mountain to pray. (Mark 6:45-46)
But He Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. ( Luke 5:16)
And it was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. ( Luke 6:12)
If that’s not enough to convince you check out Psalms 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God”
Here’s a funny video with Lucy and Ethel