TAKING A SPIRITUAL BREAK
By Carolyn Dale Newell
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Psalm 46:10 NKJV
I worked hard all morning mulching our flower garden. I sat down on the patio swing to rest, and I began to pray. A beautiful sound caught my ear. As my vision continues to dwindle away, my hearing becomes quite keen. I detect the fluttering of bird’s wings almost as clearly as I hear their praises to God. I prayed. I listened. My anxious heart heard the words, “Under His Wings”. My soul needed this spiritual break just as much as my physical body needed rest. God soothed my aching heart as I prayed and worshiped.
Later that day, the words, “Under His wings” appeared twice in my reading material. It was God’s gentle reminder that things would be alright. It is all under His wings. I am safely tucked under His wings.
What if I had not taken that break? What if I had been too captivated by my thoughts to observe this precious sound of nature? Anxiety would continue to grow. My soul would be void of peace.
Generally, we take good care of our bodies. That is wise, but we must not neglect the needs of our spirits and souls. Our bodies rest every night for several hours, but how long are our spiritual breaks? Failing to care for ourselves spiritually can be as detrimental as if we failed to care for our bodies. Compare it to a lack of sleep or food.
For the past year, I have read books trying to figure out how to handle this busy life which needs more than a 24-hour day. I have not found the secret, but I have realized I must prioritize. I have learned it is OK if some things don’t get done. However, there are certain things that must get top priority, such as my time with God. Time with my husband is important also.
Friend, your life is probably more demanding than mine. You need a spiritual break today. Amidst our multi-tasking, let’s stop and devote our undivided attention to God. Let’s take a spiritual break.
Heavenly Father, one day, we will be able to spend all of our time worshiping You. Until then, there are dinners to cook, bills to pay, and floors to mop. Show us how to be good stewards with our time, and shield our time with You from outside interference. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Read Psalm 91:1-4.
HIKING THE TRAIL
I have found that my day goes better when my quiet time is in the morning. If that doesn’t work with your schedule, set a specific time, put it on your calendar and stick to it. Make a list of what you need to do this week and prioritize the most important things. Be realistic with time.
Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.