“You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.” Psalm 139:5
Those two passages from Psalms are two of my most favorite in the Bible. There is something so comforting about those words which make me feel like God is patting me to calm down my frantic actions and telling me to sit down, take a deep breath, and listen for him.
I need that quiet now. My emotions are at a fever pitch, on a roller coaster from exhilaration to grief. I am usually a rather even-keeled person, but events in my life are happening so fast, I can hardly keep up.
Most fresh in my mind is a dear friend who is battling cancer. My heart aches for her, for her daughter and her husband as they bravely face this monster disease. Even though I know their faith is very strong, and they have prayer warriors storming heaven on their behalf, praying for peace and comfort, it is still agonizing.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the happy news that my mom will finally be moving from out-of-town to be near me. This has been a long process, and is coming together quickly after a long wait. But we all know there’s an extreme level of stress involved in an out-of-state move like this.
Add to the mix my busyness at work, church commitments, and the general over commitment of someone who doesn’t understand the word “no” and there’s a huge need to be patted and told to “Be still and know that I am God.”
So I’m taking that deep breath. And I am going to put myself in situations that I can feel that pat and listen for Him, including:
- Spending time in prayer – the most important thing I can do in each of these situations is to continue to pray. I wrote about the Prayer Labyrinth recently, and I need to make a conscious effort to use the finger labyrinth because it slows my pace and focus down and allows me to be quiet and less scattered in my prayers.
- Being emotional – instead of suppressing my emotions and glossing over them, I need to feel them honestly. That means giving in to the grief at times, or enjoying the happiness.
- Planning wisely – with such an overflowing plate, I need to spend a little time with my calendar so that I am prepared and not haphazardly flying from task to task. Spending the time in planning mode will help me avoid the chaos of forgotten tasks or preparation.
- Taking care of myself – if I neglect myself, I’m no good to anyone. I need to make sure I continue to eat properly, get the right exercise, and allow time for rest. If I have to build that into my calendar, I will!
- Living in the moment – throughout this journey, I must always remember to pay attention to where I am right now, and not be constantly looking ahead or behind. There are lessons to be learned, people to enjoy and experiences to treasure in the triumphs and in the pain.
Breathe in, breathe out. I feel the calm seeping through me as continue to take deep breaths.
How do you cope when your life is anything but quiet?