Soul 101:  Slow Down


It is the very nature of the SOUL to need,
         …and it needs to be with God.

 

The Bible verifies this need

Psalm 84:2 – “My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.”

Psalm 63:1a – “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you;”

Psalm 143:6 – “I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.”

And others:  Psalm 33:20, Psalm 25;1, Psalm 103:1-2, Psalm 103:22, Psalm 63:8, and Psalm 62:1.

 

The Reality of Us

Life moves at a rapid pace.  Our schedules are packed, and we often find ourselves running about wondering how we are going to get it all done.
Then someone or something reminds us of our soul’s great need to be with God and our reaction is to heap mounds of guilt upon ourselves over our busyness.
Our God is not a God of guilt.  He is, rather, a God of invitation.
I heard the following explanation a year or so ago, and it helped me tremendously as a woman prone to busyness and guilt-heaping.

THERE IS A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING BUSY AND BEING HURRIED.

Being busy is an outward condition.  It occurs when we have many things to do.  By itself, busyness is not lethal.
Being hurried is an inward condition, a condition of the soul (which resides in our inward being).  It means to be so preoccupied with myself and my life that I am unable to be fully present with God, myself, and with other people.

BUSYNESS MIGRATES TO HURRY WHEN WE LET IT SQUEEZE GOD OUT OF OUR LIVES.

Busyness is a by-product of life – our responsibilities, commitments, and relationships.  It is a natural part of our outward being and is not a cause for guilt.
However, we must keep in mind that each of us is solely responsible for the care of our soul.  This means it is our responsibility to make space in our soul for God, to accept His invitation to spend time with Him.  In so doing, we guard our SOULS from hurriedness.

 

 

Practical Ways to Slow Down

Below are a few ideas for keeping the busy from migrating to hurry:
  • Spend time with others
  • Give thanks
  • Discover ways to commune with God
  • Go for a walk
  • Quiet yourself
  • Take a nap
  • Meditate
  • Pray
  • Watch a sunrise
  • Journal
Now it’s your turn.  How do you slow down and make space in your soul for God?

4 comments on “Soul 101:  Slow Down

  1. OH! The difference between ‘busy’ and ‘hurried’ is special and needful. Thank you. Placing my life in His hands each day from the get-go helps me to stay focused on Him. I wish I remembered to do this more often. I get going and have left Him behind. But He is gracious and reminds me of the necessity to walk slowly and remember Him in our walks together. As I grocery shop or run errands, I walk slowly because I have to and so I notice people and greet them with a smile or a “good morning.” I pray for/with someone in need at the given moment. I give as I am able. I spend time in His Word and ponder Scripture to write my blog, listening for His direction. You have blessed me this day.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  2. Having a Sabbeth was life-changing for me! While it’s still pretty hard to stop and slow down at times, I’m glad that I do it every week! Great post!

  3. Deborah, thank you for this reminder of our need for inner quietness. I appreciate your distinction between “hurry” and “busy” and your list of practical suggestions for slowing down. I use many of them. Something else that’s helpful to me is to write poems and compose songs in response to the Lord, after I’ve meditated on Scripture.

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