Today I sit in quiet. I’ve needed it, not just space away from others, but moments away from social media, TV and noise of life.
A book signing, preparations for a big event for teen girls & moms in Iowa, preparing for the Balance retreat, working 25 hours a week, writing deadlines, being a sports-mom, friend, and counselor. All this week.
And I found out I had cancer. Skin cancer. Removed, got it all, but nonetheless, cancer.
More than quiet, I need time with Jesus.
I’ve been troubled as I’ve walked in the noise of life. Without time with Christ, everything else pulls from you. People, kids, social media. I’m confronted with the shallow stream of consciousness that’s stealing our mind and soul.
A mind and soul longing for peace that’s only found in Christ.
I want to write a post full of eloquent words like other Christian writers, but I’m tired. So, I’ll simply say:
Life is short. Are you living like you have forever, going from one shallow thing to another? Are you investing in your relationship with Jesus? Not in programs or formulas or good authors (myself included) – are you in His Word that is living and active?
Life isn’t forever. Not because I found out I had cancer this week, but because I see and hear things that shake me to the core. Children forgotten and abandoned, people beheaded, rising anti-Semitism in an intellectual society. Signs of the time. I often forget to watch for Him.
Jesus is real, social media is not, yet it’s what we turn to – to share joys, concerns, and life events. I’m guilty. When I’m busy and need connection, I turn to social media instead of prayer. Do you? It leaves me hungry for more – more busyness, more noise, more shallowness.
What I really long for is quiet, contentment, and peace that’s only found in a relationship with Christ.
Today, I’m shutting out the noise. I’m spending time with God, His word, His quiet, and rest.
I’m listening to Him because I see and hear things I don’t know what to do with. I don’t need other’s interpretations of theology or Christianity. I need to hear Him.
For my family, myself, for my life. So do you.
“Whoever is thirsty, let him come and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” Revelation 22:17
“Yes, I am coming soon.” Revelation 22: 20a
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20b
In your busyness, come to the water of eternal life. Shut out the noise and drink from the Only One who satisfies.
It’s better than anything the world offers. There’s nothing compared to the fullness of being in His presence.
Ask Him to come to you.
Come, Lord Jesus.