After wrapping up my final semester of college, nearly 10 months pregnant, working a part time job, and juggling my roles within the church, I was burning the candle at both ends. Ever been there? Perhaps you are there now. Only 3 days after my college graduation our little girl came into the world full of life and light. There was no time to let the dust settle from my school venture before beginning the most daring adventure of my life. Of course everything was going to change but I struggled in particular to see how I, frazzled as I was, was going to find the quiet of God’s presence.
You see, sleep has escaped us, we are a constant circus of bottles, burp cloths, diapers, laundry, and tears, sometimes our daughters, and sometimes our own. Yet, Psalm 46:10 beckons us to,
“Be still and know that [He] is God.”
Even as I’m writing this, I’m getting up and down to tend my little girl. There is zero “still” in my current season. So, I began to ask the Lord, how do I respond to this beckoning in Psalm 46?
What does it look like to be still when I’m constantly on the go?
For starters, the Lord reminded me that worship is active, it moves, it breathes, sometimes it’s messy, sometimes it’s risky, and occasionally it looks a little silly. What a relief! Ultimately, it looks like inviting Jesus into your messy day and doing everything you do as worship unto Him. Colossians 3:17 says,
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Worship is not a place that I visit, a song I engage with, a clear schedule, or a perfect setting. It is engaging with the voice of the Lord in whatever I am doing and with whoever I am with.
Worship is setting my heart and mind on Jesus, here in my mess.
He is not afraid of getting his hands dirty in the busyness of your day. He wants to breathe His life and His will into all that you do. Through simple prayer and communion, His presence will transform any atmosphere into a place of meeting. And in the shower, while you’re doing the dishes, on your commute, before the kids awake, there it is, a time to still your heart and mind before Him. He will speak. His Word will speak.
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3).
I challenge you to ask yourself, what are some practical ways I can begin to engage with the Father at a higher level? How can I engage with His word today?