this one leave me longing to find a gentle, quiet stream to sit beside and be
still. While it has been a good week, it has been an insanely busy one. There
is something about streams that evoke peacefulness and rest to those in its
quieted my soul one morning this week, the Lord led me to John 7:38. “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has
said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” I pondered this
verse, partly because of my affinity for nature, and I meditated on the truth
that the Living Savior lives within me because of my faith in Christ. Think
about that. God himself lives inside of those who believe. Wow!
thinking about this, I was reminded of something Henry Blackaby told me years
ago as a young missionary. He said, “When people meet you, do they walk away describing
you as a sweet young lady, or do they say, ‘I see the presence of the Lord
inside of you”? Hmmmm. Do others see Jesus in us? Is he truly like a stream of
living water that flows within us, bringing peace and rest to others who come
into our lives?
I admit that
most often my life exemplifies busyness and hurry – not peace and rest. As if I needed to be reminded of this, someone special to me was recently asked to mimic me as he walked the runway at a fashion show. He literally ran off the stage to symbolize the hurry in my life.
I am trying to consciously refocus my
affections so that I am not enslaved by busyness, but intentional with my time.
It’s hard to change us “Martha’s” into “Mary’s” but I’m praying that God will
mold me into the vessel that best displays His glory. (If you don’t know the
story of Mary and Martha, you can read about it in Luke 10.)
you? What are some strategies you have for overcoming busyness? Trust me, I could
use the tips, especially as we approach the holidays.