Quiet Space

It’s the height of summer. The breeze trickles in over the blanket of humidity, making tiny ripples in the air and through the leaves. I’m watching out the window. A car slowly drives by. The grass grows. I find myself daydreaming about the lake, or the campfire, or the woods. I find myself waiting. I am waiting for a quiet space. I can physically feel my own restlessness. It seems like there is so much to do; except I haven’t taken time to do the most important thing.

Until we stop to do the most important thing, until we stop and acknowledge God, we can’t be still. God is the center of our concentration. God is the center of our productivity. Our focus comes directly from him.

In Jesus’ ministry, prayer comes first. The presence of God IS the ministry.

Mark 1:35 – In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.

Mark 6:24 – After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.

Luke 5:15 – But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.

We, too, need our time on the mountain and in the wilderness, in the watches of the night and in the pre-dawn quiet. This isn’t just a vacation need. We require the daily food that comes from time spent in the presence of God. We need that even on the busy days. We need that especially on the busy days.
I pray that for all of you this week… that your busy times will be centered in the peace and quiet of Jesus Christ. Let him fill you with all serenity within your work this week. May your work be truly productive and molded to the purposes of God!
Peace and Joy,
Pastor Traci