Quietness and Peace
Refreshing. Renewing, Restoring
The Christmas Season is not often thought of as a time to rest, refresh, renew and restore. But at its core meaning that is precisely what it should be, a time to reset our life routines, to reflect on moments and traditions of childhood and family, of memorable experiences that bring a sense of warmth or light heartedness and a closeness with those who are near and those who are far away.
Such times are best realized in moments set aside to just be still and remember. In our 24-7-365 world it’s not always easy to find times to just disconnect and let our days move with the rhythm of Heaven. That is a rhythm that is not hurried or anxious, not stressed or pressured but simply flows like the blowing of the wind.
The Scriptures tell us that those who are born of the Spirit are led like that.
“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8
The wind is not on a timetable. It is not directed by the will of men but of God. It moves as God ordains it, sometimes gently, sometimes still, sometimes vigorous and intense, even violent, mostly it moves in moderate flow, in steady waves like the seas ebb and flow, but always it moves by God’s purpose only.
Peace and quietness is the normal attitude of the wind and so it should be with us who are born of God’s Spirit. Peace and quietness is our gift from God to give our bodies and minds time to refresh, renew and restore energy, clarity and strength.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
“For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
The Christmas season is to be enjoyed, savored, embraced with joy, not riddled with stresses, anxieties, worries, completing overwhelming agendas, running as my mother used to say “from pillar to post.” Of course are things we want to do and all that is good as long as it is done with joy. But when it crosses over into stress and burdensome activities that leave us drained and exhausted, that is probably a good sign that you are not at peace, not resting nor being renewed and refreshed.
Think about it. Did the Angel say, “Get anxious! For behold I bring you bad news that will burden you exceedingly, and all that you do will just wear you out to the point that you nearly collapse under the load?” I don’t think so!
He said, “Fear not! For behold! I bring you good tidings of great joy!” “Great joy!” isn’t hyperbole, exaggerated speech intended to excite the senses only. It is a statement of truth. It is a statement of the true measure of joy God sent him to declare. Great joy! Is what we should be embracing and reaching toward throughout the year but especially now as we prepare for this most joyous of feast days and times of remembrance.
So, if you can “pull out all the stops” this Christmas season enjoy yourself especially in the company of friends and family, give extravagantly, love passionately, laugh deeply, rest easy and have a blast! But no more than to the point of joy that brings peace, rest, renewal and refreshing. This is what pleases God, that His children are care free and unburdened in His presence with fullness of joy.
Find moments in your day to go to a quiet place and just breathe deeply and commune with the Father, with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, just you and God alone. You’ll be glad you did!