In Quiet Places 

Jesus and his followers were in a very busy place. There were so many people that he and his followers did not even have time to eat. He said to them, “Come with me. We will go to a quiet place to be alone. There we will get some rest.” Mark 6:31

For a while now, I have been experiencing a ‘hit and miss’ phase, regarding the important things in my life. Life is so busy, and I find there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to get everything done. At times, I find myself feeling as though life is spinning around me and I need to rise up just to catch the next breath.

Some would probably say, “Yes, but aren’t we all busy?” Although I cannot answer for everyone else, my assumption is that many people will be able to relate. We live in a fast-paced society. I think it has shaped our thinking to believe we might obtain fulfilling, wonderful things in the fast-paced world that we’ve created solely by ourselves. 

Lately, I have found myself pondering these questions:

1. Do the areas of my life that I ‘hit’ outweigh the areas that I miss?
2. Does my life shine a positive light, into the relationships that matter most in my life?
3. Have I gotten so busy that I have neglected to even notice where I am at in those key relationships?
4. Do I feel the Holy Spirit guiding me towards change in areas that I need to address or change?

The more I think about the skills required to navigate a multi-tasking a high paced lifestyle, the more I think about the serpent in the garden and the sin that was produced there. Satan was sneaky and deceptive and he came to seek, kill, and destroy.

Being too busy can produce the same outcome in our earthly relationships and in our resting place in God.

Think about the way Satan had to approach Eve. Eve must not have perceived Satan as being obvious with his deceitful words. Had she been strong in the Lord that day, his suggestions would have been obvious. I find myself guilty of getting weak in the Spirit, being depleted in the strength of the Lord.

The bible doesn’t tell us how long Eve avoided the Tree of Knowledge. We only know that Satan was there with a clear motive. He knew that in order to be successful with Eve, he would have to be deceptive yet intentional.

And It would only be natural for us to think that Eve was caught in a moment of weakness and vulnerability, a place outside of the right hand of God [on that day]. She wandered in her abilities, she ventured off of the road of truth, she acted out by doubting her Father.

It was a simple question, a suggestion, offered by the serpent that caused her to doubt the very place that she knew as perfect. It was the place she rested in while being in relationship with God……Just like that, life forever changed. 

And so does life…….. when we get too busy. It can steal, kill and destroy the important things in our life. 

When we get too busy, with no room, to fit in the important things, life can be changed forever. It can affect our home life, our spiritual life, and our future. It is vital that we find time to soak in God’s presence and the relationships that need our attention.

Sweet moments in Jesus help us realign with him. They help us hear his voice. They help us to understand what His purpose is for our life. Deceptions might be as simple as our denial of the destruction that could occur and forever change our life. But when we are soaking in his presence, when we are aware of how we spend our time, we can find the right path purposed for the glory of God.

Do you find your life running from thing to thing? 

Do you take the time to be refreshed in the Lord?

Do you have any relationships that suffer because there just isn’t enough time to get to them all?

I found that I was guilty to all of these. 

“He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” -Psalm23:3 NIV

Lord, help me to remember the important things that are wonderful gifts in my life, not just the busy things that I get caught up in. Refresh my Spirit Lord, so that I may be intentional with the time that I make available for the relationships that are important. Let me find rest in the quiet places found in you. Allow me to hear your voice while I am in your presence. Guide me on the right path so that I may glorify your name.

In Jesus Name, I pray, Amen.

~Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas 


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