Many days I find myself with too much to do. I spend my days at the computer typing, or clicking away. Some time is spent outdoors taking care of the animals. I find myself worrying that I will never get it all done. Often times, I don’t get it all done. I am always behind the schedule I set for myself. If I was healthy, would I get more done? Yes. Of course I would. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Mast Cell Activation Disorder— a disease cluster. It is unclear why MCAD appears in so many patients with EDS and POTS, but EDS is caused by a defect in the collagen within the connective tissue and POTS appears to be due to the laxity in the blood vessels from that same weak collagen. Sometimes I wonder if God allowed this into my life to slow me down. To get me to reflect on what is truly important. If He did, I am grateful for it. I often wish I could trade this body for a healthy one, but my illnesses forced me to slow down, and for that I am thankful.
Anyway, getting back to the problem at hand. I don’t have enough time to get everything done. Things are always left undone. At the end of the day, when I climb into bed, there may still be clothes in the dryer, dishes that need to be put away, two thousand words that didn’t get written for my latest novel, a webpage that didn’t get designed or updated, a blog post that wasn’t typed up, or edits that weren’t made. There will always be items left on my “to do” lists. And that is all right. It has to be. I’m not well enough to change it.
What I want to remind myself and my readers today is that the Lord said to be still.
Ps 46 : 10 (KJV)
Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
He remains faithful, a God who wants us to take the time to be still and remember that He is God. We are not. We cannot get it all done. We can only do so much in the limited amount of time available to us each day. The best use of our time is sometimes to sit quietly and reflect on God’s word. I read something recently, I don’t remember where I saw it, but it said “I’m too busy not to take the time to pray.” That struck a chord with me. I’m also too busy not to take the time to be still, to reflect on God’s love for me. When we get too busy for God, we are forgetting the source of our strength.
Ps 28 : 7 (KJV)
The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
Let’s remember to put Him first even when we feel like we don’t have a moment to think. Take the time anyway and direct your attention above, where it belongs. He’s always worth the effort.
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Elle E. Kay talks about having a busy life and why we need to take the time to be still.