“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10, NIV)
I am writing this week’s meditation with the fresh memory of 3 days in Toronto for a very fruitful time of meetings with Corpath new members and supporters. The streets were electric with busyness, people hurrying to get somewhere and impatient traffic. As I watched the hustle and bustle, a still small voice said to me, “Be still and know that I am God…”
John Ortberg in his book The Life You Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People, tells the story of preparing to leave laid back California for an intense ministry in Chicago. As part of his preparation, he phoned a spiritual mentor to get some advice on how to prepare himself spiritually for this new opportunity. His mentor advised, “You must eliminate all hurry from your life…” John wrote that down on his notepad, felt it was a good start and then said, “Right, got that down, what else?”
After a slight pause, his mentor quietly said, “There is nothing else.”
Throughout history, spiritual mentors have emphasized that anyone wanting to get serious about seeking the face of God and developing spiritual health must make room in their lives for solitude, reflection and prayer. I say this not to guilt those of us who find themselves overcommitted and facing the tyranny of the urgent. Rather, I want to encourage all of us to make a start. Get on the path and take the first few steps towards eliminating unhealthy hurry from business, life and Spirit.
Let me conclude with this prayer for eliminating hurry by Norman Shawchuk from our Corpath Green Devotional Guide:
“My God, I lift my face toward you now like a hungry child asking to be fed. My soul is starved; my flesh yearns for the touch that only you can give. Come to me, O God, and stay with me; I abandon myself into your hands. Do with me as you will, and whatever you do with me, I thank you. I am prepared for anything; I will accept everything so long as your will is accomplished in the totality of my living.”
My God, I give myself to you, placing myself in your hands as a gift of love. It is necessary for me to give myself to you in confidence and without reserve because I love you, and I know you love me also.
Reach down inside me now, O God, and change the gears that race and roar. In place of turmoil, give me peace; in place of frenzy give me patience. Then shall I be more like Jesus, who taught us to make room for you in our hectic days.
Teach me God, to make room for you in all the events and affairs of my days. Then I shall find rest. Then I will be at peace with myself and with you.”
- What two things will you do this week to eliminate some of the hurry and busyness that you struggle with?
- As you eliminate ‘busyness’ from your schedule, how will you invest that redeemed time into knowing God better?
John Wiseman – Corpath Business Forums