“‘What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself'” (Luke 1:29-32, The Message).
I think the #1 hindrance in our relationship with God is hurry. As in being in a hurry all the time. As in busy-ness in doing things for God or just in doing things.
But God says, “Be still.” Take moments to cease striving and be still and rest. Steep yourself in God’s ways and God’s words and God’s wisdom. Take time in prayer not to ask for anything for yourself or others but to simply listen. That’s something I’m really not good at doing with my brain going at 90 miles per hour and jumping between thoughts like flipping through TV channels.
Remember that the one Jesus honored was not the one who was busy doing but the one who sat at His feet, ready to listen and learn. Teach your kids that busy-ness is not the same as success and that it’s okay to be still once in a while — even bored.
Once you understand how God words, you can rest. You can sacrifice the good that gets in the way of God’s best. You can learn to say no to make room for God’s yes.