I have to admit that I struggle as I get older with realizing the concept of having less time than in my youth. There are so many things that I want to do. Because I have hit the over half-way mark in my life, I feel a sense of urgency in wanting everything NOW!
The Psalmist says: Be still and know that I am God (the meaning of be still may surprise you). And James says: Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. So I struggle with being still and doing.
I had the opportunity of attending a Stephen Ministries Leadership conference. Stephen Ministers and Stephen Leaders are lay people trained to provide Christ like care. My church had sent me and I joined over three hundred other people from around the country at the event.
I had the privilege of meeting Pastor Ken Evitts. We sat at the same table together. While I have been on a spiritual path, seeking, studying, meditating and learning, when the opportunity arises to be able to speak to a pastor, I always take advantage of it. After all, pastors spend years studying the Bible and leading through example.
My question to Pastor Ken was, “How do I know that I am on the right path?” His explanation to me was that being directed by God was like power steering in a car. Funny enough, he quoted James 1:22 about being doers and not just hearers.
He said that it was important to do because in the doing it meant moving. Power steering doesn’t work very well when a car isn’t moving. When a car is moving, however, the power steering kicks in and makes it very easy to steer the car in any direction. When we keep moving and ask God to direct us, He will steer us in the right direction.
And that is why I love talking to pastors! What simple yet profound wisdom.
The next time that you are questioning whether you are on the right path, say a prayer for direction, listen to your heart, and above all, keep moving.
Want more guidance in your life? Listening to the still small voice inside of you and listening to God’s voice within you will guide you in your life. God speaks in stillness. If you need help quieting your mind and want more direction, a guided meditation is the fastest way to clear cluttered thoughts to experience God’s peace and presence.
These meditations were specifically created to help you to learn to be still, to let go and let God, and to trust God. They are appropriately called: Be Still, Let it Go, and Trust.