In The Presence Project, led by Summer Gross, our practice this month is taking ten minutes of stillness each day. That is not a very long stretch of time, but it’s amazing what a few minutes does to bring calm on a busy day.
Sitting still enables us to observe our surroundings better, taking it in through all of our senses.
It helps make us aware of things we may miss while going through our busy days. I love spending time on my front porch either on the rocking chair or swing. This poem came out of one of those times of stillness on my porch.
Benefits of Practicing Stillness
As we intentionally set aside a few minutes, it becomes easier to stop the hamster wheel and enjoy longer times of rest. It also helps us learn to pay attention to the details of all the moments of life. We begin to crave more times of stillness. Our observational skills are heightened and we notice more, not just when we are still.
We notice the beauty, the colorful flowers, the song of a wood thrush, the wind rushing through the trees, the goodness of people as they reach out to help each other.
My daughter, Jamie, wrote about angels this week, though maybe not in the way you normally think of them. We know of the angels in the Bible who announced the coming birth of Jesus. In I Kings 19, we read how an angel came to minister to Elijah with fresh hot bread and water. So God uses angels to bring messages, to minister to us and to do His will.
By looking around and enjoying what I see and hear and experience, I taste the Lord’s goodness in what He provides.
Much like the angels who ministered to those in Bible times, Jesus ministers to us today. His provision can come to us through life-giving messages from quiet times in nature, from music, from other people’s acts of kindness and sometimes even from real angels.
Psalm 34:8 (CSB)
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
How happy is the person who takes refuge in him!
Take time for a few minutes of stillness today. Notice your surroundings using all your senses. Look for beauty and for life-giving messages from our Creator.]
I’d love to hear your thoughts and what you find when you take intentional times of stillness.
Be sure to check out Jamie’s post!