SHINE: Filled By the Spirit — Get Still, Be Filled

SHINE … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

Get Still, Be Filled

© 2011 Tonya M. Evans

October 12, 2011

“Be still and know that I am God” Psalms 46:10a NIV

I have expended a great deal of energy over these past few months; in fact, the past few years have been a serious handful personally and professionally. But quite frankly, whose life hasn’t appeared to require every bit of our time and energy almost every single day!?

So many people are moving at warp speed these days. We rush from home to work, from work to school or a second job, then to family, social, religious and civic obligations. We rush through meals, conversations and traffic, rarely taking the time to breathe let alone take in our surroundings or really connect for long with any particular experience or person. We spend more time connecting via faux social networks than the people sitting in the very same room. And true interpersonal connections happen about as often these days as getting a handwritten letter in the mail. At this rate, humankind is well on its way to 25/8 instead of 24/7. Whew!

But our bodies are not hardwired to endure an extended period of time in a “high alert” or tense state. Mentally and physically we were not designed to function in a constant state of confusion, anxiety, disorder or stress. Our “fight or flight” response was meant for emergencies, not for everyday living. And although there is a time for everything, including “swimming upstream,” the salmon only does it once a year and for a divinely inspired purpose; to spawn. And, I’m sad to report, they die shortly thereafter. I’m just saying … something to think about!

Now I am not telling you anything you don’t already know. And yet we (myself included!) still push, and press and, as a dear friend says, grind. Even the words themselves are stressful! They all convey a sense of tension, tightness and over exertion.

The truth is we are all wondrously made in the image and likeness of our Creator, God. And nothing about God is anxious, stressed, rushed, chaotic, overwhelmed or out-of-order. All of those conditions are the fruit of fear, not love.

But God is love; therefore we are formed in, FILLED with and divine expressions of love. It is only when we substitute our judgment and will for God’s that fear obscures the reality of who we are and the truth of our divine inheritance to exist in a blessed state of being in the universal flow of life. On our best day, we can’t beat God at care and provision. When we seek God first; all the things we’re pressing and grinding for are given. We can only receive guidance through our intuition when we are present, wise and ready to receive the lessons that only God’s “still small voice” can provide.

That being said – and while I do not affirm words like “tired” or “exhausted” (or the heavy energy that such words suggest) – the honest truth is that I do desire and require rest. Rest is spiritually ordained as well. God rested on the seventh day. Jesus separated himself from the masses and even from his disciples at times. Many spiritual disciplines tout the benefits of silence, prayer, meditation and solitude for a time to decrease the “noise” of life and our own “internal noise” in order to reconnect with our ever-present, all-powerful, all-knowing Source.

Although God is ever-present in us and we are already FILLED by the Spirit, external energy drains and internal depleters obscure that truth. The point of stillness is to reconnect, recharge and to restore faith in God’s ability to protect, guide and provide. So get still that you may be reminded you are already FILLED!

What ways are you drained by life? And in what ways are you taking the time to “get still”? We’d love to hear your thoughts here and at www.twitter.com/bythespirit.

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