Rest and listen

First published in the West Nebraska Register on Aug. 12, 2016.

My dad is a smart man and he has been telling me my entire life that sometimes I just need to slow down and relax. He tells me I’m always doing too much and that I need to just stop and enjoy life.

I’ve learned a lot from my dad and I take his advice pretty seriously, but this one piece of advice I’ve always had issues with.

I tend to keep myself busy doing something at all times. Even when I’m watching a movie I have a hard time sitting and just watching without doing something else.

I’ve never considered this to be an issue until recently.

“Be still and know that I am God,” Psalms 46:11.

“Silence, all people, in the presence of the Lord,” Zechariah 2:17.

“The Lord will fight for you; you have only to keep still,” Exodus 14:14.

“He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Quiet. Be still,'” Mark 4:39.

“The Lord said to her in reply, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her,'” Luke 10:41.

We can see it all over in the Bible. The Lord tells us to relax, to be patient, to be quiet, and be still.

We are constantly saying we have a busy schedule, that we are running out of time, that there’s never enough time in the day, etc., and we seem to be good at putting responsibilities in front of the relationships we have in this world.

Why are we never satisfied with how much time we have; why are we always unsatisfied with how we spend our time? Why are we always complaining about time?

To answer those questions, I ask another question: Why don’t fish complain about being wet?

The answer to that will come in a minute.

This year I’m entering my senior year of college at Chadron State College and I am beginning my fourth semester as managing editor for The Eagle, the campus newspaper. As you can imagine, this time in my life is pretty busy and stressful.

But, my goal for this year is to take a step back, to enjoy my final year at Chadron State. Sure I am going to work hard and finish my time at CSC on a strong note, but I am going to take more time to enjoy my time there and those around me.

That’s how we should live our days everyday.

Fish don’t complain about being wet because being wet is their natural habitat.

So why do we complain about time?

The answer to that question is because earth is not our natural habitat. We are called to something bigger, some place where time doesn’t matter. And that place is heaven.

To feel heaven’s presence today right where we are is simple, all we have to do is be silent and relax.

God talks to us in the quiet, in the whispers, so we just need to learn to be still and be quiet to hear Him. It’s not an easy thing to accomplish because we are all busy and we always have something to do, but remember this quote from Gordon Hinckley, “When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.”

Take a minute to quiet your heart and stop worrying; God is in control of your time anyway.

Let Him do His work in you.


NOTE: The fish-time analogy was first heard at Totus Tuus training in 2015. 


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