“If you’re not drowning, then you’re swimming.”
Stretching outside of a comfort zone to learn something new is typically worth overcoming the challenges involved. Over a year ago, I started teaching myself how to swim laps and it’s something I’ve kept up with a few times a week (not in all my life did I think I would be saying that at 39+ weeks pregnant!). It’s certainly been a learning opportunity – breathing, turning, timing, sharing lanes – and hasn’t always been pretty.
The concept of learning to BE STILL has been vital in learning to swim and is the theme God has placed on my heart using swimming as a metaphor while heading into this new season of life – parenthood.
BE STILL and Swimming –
If I get in the pool and have tension everywhere (anywhere really!), I am way more likely to drown! The harder I try to stay afloat, the more my body will instinctively fight. If I don’t relax my neck, it’s going to be sore for no apparent reason after my workout. BUT if I simply be still, relax, and trust the water to support me, then the going is much more enjoyable.
BE STILL for Life –
I need reminded.
Another version reads CEASE STRIVING.
This is hard and especially difficult when everything wants our attention and our lives are constantly go-go-go! Do you allow margins / white space / quite time in your life? Are you able to be still with your Creator or are you constantly busying yourself with distractions?
The point is to be present and just know, He’s God, and He’s got it all. Even when I don’t – especially when I don’t. Ultimately, everything is under His direction.
I don’t want to miss moments that God wants me to be part of. Maybe an extreme example, but that appears to be an easy trap to fall into with a newborn and the hours to be spent awake while the rest of the world sleeps. That’s just one example, but we are constantly MAKING DECISIONS about how we actively or passively participate in life.
I don’t have to succumb to the demands of this day and age. Picking up my Bible when my phone is more tempting? That’s my choice. Better yet, leaving my phone in another room? That’s my choice. Intentionally taking a rest day to focus on what’s most important? That’s my choice. Saying “no” to others when I want to say “yes” because I know it’s in the best interest of my family? That’s my choice.
Some decisions are more difficult than others, but you are equipped to make the wise choice when God is leading. You can do hard things.
Lord, help me to use time wisely. Everything is a gift from you. Teach me to be a better steward of each relationship and moment. Teach me to be present. To be where I am. Not to be easily distracted. Give me eyes to always see You at work. Lord, that I would be teachable – Your student for life. Help me to be the helpmate, mother, daughter, sister, and friend You’ve created me to be. The life You give is Your gift to us, and the way we live is our worship offering back to You.