The Weekly Breather: Enjoying Peace
Sometimes the simplest thing to do is the hardest. For me, that’s always been the case with meditation and moments of quiet relaxation with the Lord. It’s simple for me to explain to others how it should be done. Ironically, it’s more challenging for me to sit quietly doing nothing than to do just about anything else.
In Isaiah 30, the people of Judah are admonished for seeking security through a treaty with Egypt rather than turning to the Lord for help.
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“Only in returning to Me and resting in Me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it.” (Isaiah 30:15)
Rather than sitting quietly with the Lord, seeking confidence in his relationship with them, they chose to take action on their own. While it’s easy for me to see their error in retrospect, I often haven’t always taken the time in my life to seek the Lord, and simply stop and return to Him. Instead, when I feel the pressures of my day pelting me like arrows, I let worry steal my peace.
Now, however, I have a secret place of total peace. When my mind is constricted with stress, then I know it’s time to retreat into what I call my “bubble of silence.” Let me guide you through creating your own bubble of silence by describing my practice.
Settling into the moment:
I find a secluded place to sit and put in my earplugs. Then I imagine Jesus sitting with me inside a giant bubble, the bubble of silence and peace. Nothing can get in or out of the bubble. Time is irrelevant. It’s just me and the Lord. I sit and smile, imagining the warmth of God’s love melting away stress like wax in the heat of the sun. Some days I’m only there for five minutes, other times, twenty. Like I said, time is irrelevant. God doesn’t care how long I’m there. What’s important is that I chose to give this time to God and trust that He is taking care of things.
When bubble time is over, it feels so good to know that I was able to drop everything and make my relationship with God the most important thing in my life at that moment in time. I practiced what I preached and more importantly, I’m refreshed, renewed, and reunited with the Lord. Throughout the rest of my day, I try to recall that image of total peace in being with God. It’s our little gift to each other.
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of your peace that is always available to me. I pray the moments I give to you will bring you joy in knowing that I love you enough to make you a priority in my life, if only for a brief part of my day. Help me to remember that I can always find strength and peace in moments of resting in your love. Amen.