reflectionPsalm 131:1-3 God, I’m not trying to rule the roots, I don’t want to be king of the mountain. I haven’t meddled where I have no business or fantasized grandiose plans. I’ve kept my feet on the ground. I’ve cultivated a quiet heart. Like a baby, content in its mother’s arms, my soul is a baby content. Wait, Israel, for God. Wait with hope. Hope now; hope always!

I had heart palpitations this week. I know it’s stress related. I’ve been pushing too hard with too many things on my mind. It’s the plight of a pastor and any leader; a brain that never stops churning. It’s no wonder that so many pastors burn out and presidents age ten years. The pressures of the world can mount up and be all consuming if you let them.

God really spoke to my heart this morning. Literally. He told my heart, “Be quiet!” It’s too much noise in there. “These church members are not yours they are mine. The financial challenges are mine to meet. Don’t worry about tomorrow it has enough worries of its own. Be still and know that I am God!”

How do you get your heart quiet?

  1. Manage your aspirations. Pride comes before destruction. You can’t allow your pride to be your driving force. When you humble yourself God will raise you when it’s time. But when pride puffs you God will bring you down.
  2. Stop trying to figure everything out. Worry is advanced interest in things that may never take place. Instead of worrying pray. The Quakers pray with palms up to receive from God what they ask and then close with palms down symbolizing that they have left all their burdens with the Lord.
  3. I have learned to quiet my heart. The psalmist gave the picture of a weaned baby no longer crying for its mother’s milk but instead comforted by its mother’s presence. The way we quiet our hearts is to get into the presence of God knowing that he will supply all our needs.
  4. Wait on God. No matter what it looks like we have to learn to wait in God until our change comes. Youth grow weary and young men stumble and fall but those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles they run and not get weary.  They will walk and not faint.

Today I’m speaking to my heart and I’m saying, “shhhh.”

Dear God,

Thank you for keeping me in perfect peace as my mind is stayed on you. There is nothing too hard for you. I surrender my thoughts to you. I will not stress another day about anything that is not the way I think it should be. I give it to you in prayer and I receive everything I need from you. I am waiting with peaceful anticipation of what you are getting ready to do in my life, your church, my community, and this city. Greater is coming! The worst is over and the best is yet to come!

In Jesus name,