Sometimes the craziness of life can get us stirred up so much that we can’t hear the Lord. We have to get quiet, we need quiet and peace. But how do we get the quietness we need? Life doesn’t stop. The demands of family, work and etc will still call our names. Emails, calendars, social media, and easy access to everything via our phones are very handy but can cause us to not have a minute to be calm and quiet. Our soul can be like a rambunctious child wanting it’s way and we must learn to quiet it. We must learn to tell it to sit down & be quiet. What is the soul? Dictionary.com says that it is “the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans…separate from the body”. We have a spirit, soul and body. Our soul is not our body and it is not our spirit, it is our mind, emotions and thoughts.
Yoga and meditation are popular buzz words right now. But did you know that meditation is in the Bible? Why would meditation be important enough to be in the Bible? Focusing our mind on the Words of God is meditation. Memorizing the scripture is meditation. Thinking about the names of God is meditation. Getting still, quiet and meditating will bring life to our spirits, our soul even our body. “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want; He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul” Psalms 23:1-3 ESV. “His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yield its fruit in its season…and what he does prospers” Ps 1:2 & 3, ESV “Truly my soul finds rest in God” Ps 62:1a NIV.
How do we do get our soul to calm down and be quiet? One of the ways I calm my soul is to turn off my light in my bedroom, turn on calm worship music and begin to stretch. It is a routine that tells my soul to quiet down. It took only a few times to train my soul. Now when I turn off the light my soul and body begin to tell me what time it is, it is time to invite the presence of the Lord. I begin to be anxious to have these moments with my lover, Jesus. During this time I like to listen to Grace Williams “Holy”, “Wait” or “Breathe”, these quiet meditative songs help me to turn my focus to Jesus. I like to stretch because it gets my body’s grumpiness out of the way while I begin to meditate. If I don’t spend a few moments stretching then my body will fuss and complain and I have a hard time focusing. I begin to meditate on a scripture. Or I might lie face down and reflect on His holiness. I might stand or kneel. The position isn’t important. Sometimes I will spend the whole time quietly with the Lord and sometimes I read or listen to the Word. There is no time limit or a certain amount that I have to read or do. The goal is to listen to my spirit. We were made for our spirits to be in tune with the Holy Spirit, it is our choice to listen or not. If I discipline my soul to listen to my spirit then I hear His Spirit. We make it so complex but the rules are simple. Discipline yourself to get quiet before the Lord. No rules of kneel for 50 minutes and then read for 30. The goal is to allow the Holy Spirit to direct you. He knows what He wants to say and what you need, He will focus you toward Jesus. This blog began with the craziness of life. Many days I don’t get to spend that precious time alone. I have to steal moments of quiet time, in the kitchen while fixing dinner or a moment in the bathroom. Any moment is precious when spent with the Lord. And He is gracious to reward those times with His presence and He will multiply them. Don’t get caught into the rules, get caught into a moment with the Holy Spirit, listening and allowing Him to direct your time. Try it. Quiet your soul.