I was at my church weekend away this weekend and I went to a workshop on Contemplative Spirituality. I want to share with you something that really stuck with me and helped put into words how I have been feeling recently and didn’t even realise.
The story goes like this:
Some explorers were in Nepal on an expedition and they heard before arriving that tour guides could be difficult to work with. When arriving they discovered some really helpful and willing tour guides to help them on their expedition so they didn’t understand what the fuss was all about. For the first two days of the expedition they made really good progress and were really impressed with their tour guides. The third day came and the tour guides suddenly came to a holt. They didn’t understand what was happening. Eventually they went to the tour guides and asked them why they had stopped.
“We have travelled very fast and must allow time for our souls to catch up.”
This story helped me understand the verse Psalms 46:10 afresh:
“Be still, and know that I am God” - (NIV)
“Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God.” (TPT)
The “be still” part of this Psalm really came to life in the context of this story for me. We have to allow time to take in what is happening in our lives. It is so much easier to have full diaries and ‘go go go’ because then it is easier to avoid things that are upsetting us or making us anxious. For those of you at school a lot of your time is organised for you and so it feels challenging to find moments to be still. The moments that you are in control of though allow your soul to catch up with you, surrender your anxiety, be silent, stop your striving and see you will see who God is.
God bless you,