Yesterday, as I sat in my living room I listened to the silence. It whispered to me.
“Enter into a time of meditation with Christ Jesus.”
Moments of retreat I like to call them. Times of saturation while soaking in His presence. Each day, sometimes 15 minutes, sometimes 2 hours, I worship and pray. What’s important here is quality not quantity. This is not a hurried place. It is a place of a deep flow into my spirit.
Soaking – a modern word meaning to just BE with Him, without agenda, without time constraints.
Moment by moment, I am aware that in the silence there is a depth of revelation that is imparted to me just to BE me. In being, I understand my identity in Christ. His revelation to me in moments of retreat radiates into every cell of my being. He holds all things together, and that includes me.
Your (My) old life is dead. Your (My) new life, which is your (My) real life––even though invisible to spectators––is with Christ in God. He is your (My) life. Colossians 3:3 Message
How often are you busy, too busy to spend time with the Lord? No guilt here, none at all. Just a spiritual challenge, which will greatly enhance your life.
Are you on the go, prioritizing things in your busy life that will have no eternal significance…none at all? Consider taking time to retreat each day. Let Holy Spirit lead the way.
Before He called me apart yesterday, I felt frazzled and hurried. Questions assaulted my mind, trying to create distraction and confusion about my life.
“Where is this all going?”
“Where do I go from here?’
Tension seemed to rise in me like a wave that wanted to draw me down into its power. I felt insignificant in light of what I saw others doing. In comparing myself to others, I lost a sense of purpose in those moments and fear set in. This can often happen after an anointed, awesome time of ministry as we had in Poland last week.
My observation? I see so many trying to make themselves be seen, or heard, or noticed. Lives flowing in their own strength, trying to be in the mix and out there so as not to be forgotten. Post after post on social media. Constant interaction to affirm their identity to be someone in someplace doing something to boost their own sense of being.
But what about the silence? That’s the place of testing and trust. Can I be still in the silence, knowing that God Himself is orchestrating my life while I seemingly do nothing but worship? Yes, He does work on our behalf. There’s the beauty of it all. His ways are not our ways.
It is in these moments of retreat, I realize that I am known by the One who calls me to come apart. He knows me yet I don’t always know “Me” in Christ. To come away in times of quiet and prayer, I find myself in Christ. My life settles into worship and that constant tension within me that pulls me, trying to form me into the image of the world is silenced.
In Christ, there is an exchanged life. Unless I soak in that reality, I am tossed here and there upon the waves of the world’s chaos. This exchanged life is Christ in me, me in Christ…………my life hidden in Christ Jesus. My identity, my purpose and my destiny are in Christ. He draws us away to call us to Himself to BE ourselves.
I am brought into time by the hand of God, placed in my mother’s womb significantly and specifically. Think about that when chaos rules your life or worry is your default. If you feel out of sync with your own life, I call you into the deep away from shallow waters.
“Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you.. Jeremiah 1:5 Message
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God––you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration––what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit-by-bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Psalms 139:13-16 Message
Enter into a time of silence. All else fades in comparison to the clarity you will encounter when you spend time alone with Jesus.
Look around. There is so much excessive movement among followers of Christ. Seeking validation in so many things and in so many ways.
This is what stirred in me yesterday so I want to encourage each of you today. Sitting alone in the silence, He knows me, knows everything about me. My life is in His hands. There is fullness in being still. The enemy knows this and tries every trick up his sleeve to keep me busy. Avoid that trap. More can be settled or apprehended in one hour with Jesus that most people can do in one full day.
Stillness imparts deep revelation of significance to the inner life. That is desperately needed among this young generation of Jesus followers. I challenge you to unplug and spend time with Jesus. He waits for you in that secret place.
It’s the stillness that births identity. Remember that. Take some time to BE with Him.