“He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness” (Psalm 23:2-3). How does God restore your soul, brother? Where do you find rest? How are you most able to forget, even for a few moments, the pressures of this life? Where do you get reset and realigned? How do you connect with God most easily? Where are you most able to hear his voice or feel his guidance?
Is it in praying at your breakfast table in the early morning, before anyone else wakes? Or in reading Scripture on the treadmill or in your car over the lunch hour? Is it in a few minutes of stillness and solitude in the evening? Or in boisterous community around a table, with brothers or with family? Is it in walking or running or biking through streets or through hills? Is it in listening to music? Or in making your own, singing in church? Or in something else entirely?
Recognize that you were designed by God, uniquely, to have ways--even amid the busyness—to find him, to find rest and restoration through him. You were designed to, every so often, just come home. So, open your eyes. Search your heart. He has, no doubt, already shown you how.
Okay, so what do we do?
Think back on some times when you most felt God’s peace, most felt his presence. That you’ve experienced him in particular ways, in particular places, in particular activities, means he’s spoken . . . right to you. He’s given you permission to do those things, whatever they are. He’s told you he wants you to do those things—that you’ve got to do those things. Now, you simply must choose to do them… consistently and often.
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