As humans, we are used to living in an overstimulated environment. There is always noise around us and if it’s not around us it’s in our head. At least for me.
Which is why I’m always trying to busy myself.
I hate being alone with my thoughts. I overthink, my mind is thinking about the past the present the future all at once. I’m remembering all the mistakes I’ve made and regretting all of them. I’m daydreaming about random things or thinking about TV shows. I’m singing music in my head, etc.
All of these things are going on and getting into practice of silencing these sounds and thoughts has been rough, but necessary.
So God led me to fast. But instead of fasting from food I fasted from the T.V. and listening to music.
This quote from the Jesus Calling app helped me along the way:
Embrace stillness, calm your soul, focus less on doing
and more on simply being
I needed to just be still.
Thinking about not thinking was doing more harm than good.
Instead of worrying about what is going on today and how I should react to certain situations, I needed to just be and let that Holy Spirit guide me.
I needed to let go of control.
God works in the quiet. In the stillness. In order for me to change I needed to be still. To let go of control, and allow Him to change me.
Here’s the Bible passage the above quote is from:
1 Kings 19:11-12 (NIV) The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Loud was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.