Are You Waiting?
by Jan Cox
Oh – to learn to slow down. A number of times in the past week I have read about “waiting”.
I took a deep breath. I sighed. Yes I do need to slow down or I will miss the waiting. This waiting for Christmas can be a Holy time if I let it.
I responded to Margaret’s words in Wonderstruck.
I particularly liked when she wrote about “Three Word Prayers”. I realized I needed to slow down my words to God. To release them ONE at a time.
Thank You God
Wonder. Power. Healing.
Search my soul.
Sense my being.
“Every word, every syllable, demanded mindfulness” (Wonderstruck, page 78).
“Three word prayers required me to reengage spiritual muscles that had long ago grown flabby” (Wonderstruck, page 80)”
Do I ramble at God like a nagging wife? Or do I slow it down and make each word count?
“Be still and know that I am God.”
That is what God said. Not chatter and beg – but be STILL.
So in this first week of Advent I have tried to be still. I have tried to seek the quietness that He wants. And you know what – it is good. I rested in Him.
The First Week of Advent
A time to wait
A time to listen to God
Still your hearts
Still your souls.
Slow down your thoughts
Focus on Him
Let distractions cease
[even for a few minutes]
Who is this God?
What is eternity?
I am God
Get to know Me.”
God is LOVE
God knew you before you were born
God knows you now
God will know you forever!
Janis Cox 2012
“Modern man has lost the perspective of eternity. To distract himself form the gaping jaws of death, he engages in ceaseless activity and amusement” (Jesus Calling, Sarah Young).
Ceaseless activity VS Stillness in Him?
Which are you doing this Christmas?
I would love to hear from you.
Here is Chris Tomlin and Everlasting God (Wait Upon the Lord)
Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.