Have you noticed how every human submits to some form of a schedule? It has become apparent to me that it is as if the natural, innate desire of a person is to conform to a routine or pattern—these schedules and routines give people a sense of purpose, which is not in any way a bad thing. God created each person to desire purpose and gave each person a call on their lives to use their gifts to glorify His kingdom, and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Scheduling out one’s life is a normalcy of this modern-westernized society, but if one is not careful, they may come to realize that their schedule is the one sitting in the drivers seat. In other words, you can choose to allow the schedule chosen—created initially by you—to overtake and overwhelm your life to the point where you are not truly thriving. You’re simply going through the motions of life, which—to any outsider may look like living, but in reality you are simply trying to survive until the weekend to breathe.
Busy schedules aren’t a negative thing, but when your schedule becomes your biggest accomplishment and priority, it is important to incorporate some checks and balances in your life. Are you putting your schedule, your works, before your relationship with God? Are you putting more effort and pouring more sweat into something that has less eternal value than your faith? In my personal experience, I tend to like to be busy, I am a go-getter, a doer, and a servant at heart. However, my tendency is to spread myself so thin that I sometimes forget to stop and rest, I prioritize doing over being, and it becomes quite exhausting. I recently read a Psalm that had me shouting out an “Amen brother!” because of how relevant it felt in accordance with my feelings towards my busy schedule, which states “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest (Psalms 55:6).” That being said, it has come to my attention that God must be the center, the reason for why I do what I do, so that I am not simply acting out of the need to have purpose nor am I harboring a desire to “fly away” from the things I have chosen to do. The only true rest I will find is when I allow God to cover me with His wings.
If God is not the center of my life, then my schedule can become a burden rather than being an action that is pleasing unto the Lord. Learning how to walk and talk with God throughout the day, and throughout life, is difficult. I think that I can somehow control when God and I get to talk as if He is only present when I grab Him off the shelf and decide that now it is time for us to spend time together.I act as though He wasn’t there the whole time—watching and waiting for me to see Him in the midst of my busyness. I have learned that I cannot put God in a human sized box, or any box, but rather that God chooses me, God wants to walk with me, and that He is the constant in the chaos I create. If I can simply learn to be still, to rest in Him, to soak up His presence, reflect upon His word, and talk with Him, I have encountered the most important thing God desires—relationship. I am reminded as I write this of the story of Mary and Martha in Luke chapter 10, and how Jesus favored Mary’s choice to rest at His feet rather than Martha, who stood worrying, frantic, and caught up in preparing for Jesus’ visit. Martha was too distracted to notice Him fully, too confused and frustrated because she prioritized works over faith. So much so, that she forgot to simply rest in the presence of the Lord.
If you are finding it hard to rest in God’s presence, and are not prioritizing your relationship with God, start now. Otherwise you will become burnt out, too distracted, and too exhausted to thrive if you don’t learn to depend on God to be the center and to give you rest and strength. A long, good nap and a whole lot of coffee will not restore you enough to keep on keepin’ on at your busy life—you need Jesus to give you His peace, and His strength. Appreciate the value of finding your rest in the Lord. Allowing Him to be the center of all you do revolves around this:
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved (Psalm 127:1-2).”
Destiny Worship Intern