When I read this I realize how hard this used to be for me. I would have to force myself to sit and relax and spend time in quiet. However, as I entered into this most recent season of reading and Bible study, I have also found my ability to relax increase substantially. While it is not always my natural inclination, it is something I am much more comfortable with.
Spending time in stillness allows me to get in touch with my thoughts. We should not be constantly over riding with external noise. I like to prioritize this in the car. I listen to the radio sometimes, but often I find myself shutting it off and focusing on the thoughts rushing around in my head. I write them down when I get where I am going if I feel like I need to get something out or off my chest. It really is so amazing to be able to spend time with only myself and nothing distracting.
I actually think it is more than amazing, it is important to be intentional about working that time into our schedules.
Please do yourself a favor, and do not make excuses about how you can’t make time to be alone with your thoughts or alone with God. You can, and you should. Do not say you will do it tomorrow, do it today. Being intentional about this specific item WILL change your life.