Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Stillness

I don't sit still much anymore. My relationship with God expresses itself with action these days, rather than stillness. When in high school, I spent many hours on the ocean bluffs across from our home, just drinking in God, and I always left with His strength within. There was a time I took frequent long walks with God and filled myself with the quiet awe that comes from contemplating a sunset or the stars.

It's harder to sit still now; there are so many demands on my time. Even so, I feel a deep call from God to do just that: to just BE. To put aside the prayer books, the reading, the laundry lists of prayer requests that make up my devotional time, and just BE with Him. Drink in His presence. Come to Him with nothingness. Let my contemplative heart come out.

Saint Francis of Assisi said: "When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing - nothing."

It's time to practice being... nothing.

"You have seduced me, Lord, and I have been seduced." (The prophet Jeremiah)

11 comments:

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

Oh.....so beautifully said. Like taking a deep, refreshing drink.....thank you Esther. I needed to read this tonight....

Anne said...

I too try to take time to just be in God's presence, and remember that we are human be-ings, not human do-ings.

Esther said...

Lavinia: Thank you! I'm so happy it was here for you when needed. :)

Anne: God's still presence is definitely reflected in you. "Be-ings" - that's cute!

Cynthia said...

Be still and know that I am God. PS 46:10. This applies to so many of the "busy" aspects of our lives when our minds or bodies are so involved in other thoughts, emotions or works. All the energetic "noise" we make! It is a comfort to know that we are invited by Him to just be still and listen to his existence with our hearts.
Thank you for a beautiful place for quiet reflection. Oh, and periwinkle blue - my favorite too!

Esther said...

Cynthia: Well said and amen! (And it's so nice to meet a fellow periwinkle lover! :)

CIELO said...

Truly a beautiful post.... I also love your blog banner; so inspirational.... thank you for visiting my house in the roses... so nice meeting you!

cielo

Macile Hooper LeJeune said...

So that is why ... sometimes ... I feel even a Hail Mary ... is toooo much begging. Merci, ma cherie.
DIEU TE BENISSE!! Cajun Sissy

Eve said...

I know this is true but It seems like I am always asking for something, I need to find time to just sit in his presence and listen to that still small voice. To "let go" and "let God" has been a hard thing for me in my walk with him.

Esther said...

Cielo: Nice meeting you, too! So glad you stopped by. :)

Macile: There is such a dynamic tension between "casting our cares upon Him" and seeking nothing, isn't there? One of those "path pondering" things.

Eve: Me, too. Often my posts are about what I'm in the process of learning; I think it helps me to arrive if I write about it before I'm there.

A Woman Who is: said...

Nice to meet you Esther.
Thanks for dropping by. I love you
name.

Love what Anne said too. It is good to be reminded of what we really are all about.

Being with Him, the lover of our soul...everything else flows from that relationship.

Esther said...

Dear "A Woman Who Is": The pleasure is mine! Like you, I love to think of Him as "the lover of our soul." I'm glad you stopped by!