God’s work of creation was completed. Rest followed. Why do I hesitate to do the same? What keeps me from really being leisurely and not just completing one job in order to accomplish another? My German heritage and a father’s insistent voice telling us farm children that “no one plays until the work is done” keeps a strong hold on me. But it’s more than that. I live in a western world constantly catapulted into feverish activity. How difficult it is for most people to not give in to an urge to be overly occupied. To deliberately go slower, to pause for a while, to be still—this is not a luxury for the soul. It is a necessity. If we are to live at a deeper level and be aware of what stirs within us, we must have times of stillness to recognize how the Spirit moves in our lives.
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