Please, Soul… Be Still!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Today’s Fresh Manna is written by our good friend Julie Larson. Enjoy and be blessed!

I’ve had so many random thoughts running through my mind this past week. I’d be thinking or writing about something, and then abandon it to start a new one. The same was happening in my conversations. I’d continually interrupt myself with my next thought. It seemed like each thought brought with it bursts of energy, and then as quickly as it came, it left. Over and over last week. I’d have a zap of energy, then I’d crash. I’ve been happy, but still, something was off. I don’t remember feeling so scattered in my thoughts like that for quite some time. It reminds me of Attention Deficit Disorder actually. As the week progressed, I began feeling a little unnerved by it because my heart would beat fast and I wasn’t really feeling capable of focusing on anything for more than a couple minutes at a time.

A few days ago, I was telling my husband about something that happened in my day, and God bless him for hanging in there with me and trying to follow along as long as he did. Laughing, he stopped me, and asked if I could please write it down. He could see that my brain was going a mile a minute and I was all over the place, but when I write, my thoughts just seem to flow and are laid out in a more linear and understandable fashion. Many times I even write out my prayers to God and conversations with Him. I do write things out a lot because not only does it help me formulate my thoughts, but it also has a calming effect on me.

In our fast-paced, technology-filled society, where everything is only a click away, we have to find a way to slow down and remove ourselves from the constant stream of stimulus happening around us. It takes a purposeful, diligent effort to do that. It seems like we are often like speedboats skimming the top of the water, versus taking time to go deep… like a submarine, in our thoughts and in our relationships (with people and with God).

In addition to writing, another thing that takes me to a new place and helps me go deeper in my thoughts is getting outside and breathing fresh air. Going for a walk in the park by our house is something I can do every day that helps bring me to that place of rest.

What is it that helps you to slow down and not be all aflutter?

I try not to take life too seriously or over-analyze things, so I still don’t know why I was so jumpy and unfocused last week, but this morning I asked myself, does the reason WHY really matter? No, it doesn’t. I’m not going to start obsessing about it. It could have been any number of things. I’m a woman! Need I say more?

I believe whatever the issue was, it was temporary, and that God is bringing everything back into balance—even as I write this morning. I don’t have it all figured out, but I do know that it’s the enemy’s goal to get us distracted and feeling flighty so we get off course. I trust what the Word of God says about me. That’s what I’m focusing on this morning, and this is my confession:

I have the mind of Christ. Everything I set my hand to produces good fruit and prospers. I am blessed whenever—and wherever—I go. I am the focus of God’s thoughts and He cares about me. He also cares about MY thoughts. He helps me think clearly and shows me how I can reach out to others and show His love every day. Because the life of God flows through me, His peace is available to me and resides in me. I’m taking time to go deeper in my relationship with God by removing the distractions for a little while every day. My soul is at rest because I lean on and trust in His Word.

If you’re feeling scattered like I was last week, I thank God that He will help you and bring order to your chaotic thinking, just like He’s done for me. It’s a new day and it’s full of freshness, so make a fresh start today and take time to slow down and sink into His rest.

Psalm 131: 2 (Amplified) ~ I have calmed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me [ceased from fretting].

Matthew 11:28 (NLT) ~ Then Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Enjoy more of Julie’s writing at: First Draft by Julie Larson

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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