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
Discover ways to commune with God
Go for a walk
Take a nap
Watch a sunrise