“Come away with me to a quiet place and rest.” The Lord has called, and I am answering. For my soul has been weary and longing for more of him. Selah Stillness is my answer to that call.
And so this blog no longer focuses on life and missions in small town Italy. Although we will always have the same heart for Italy, and I will still write about our life here. But writing the about Italy posts required much time and research. And to what end? To help you fall in love with the nation — without helping you really see its deep spiritual need? And without feeding your soul or my own?
Come away and rest.
“And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.” — Mark 6:31
Doesn’t that sound like our modern world? So much calls for our time and attention. Work, family, church, school, and activities. And then if we add the social media, emails, and all the rest…
It’s no wonder we often feel soul weary, burdened, and joyless! For like Martha, we miss out on the best things for that those that are merely good. (Or sometimes not even truly good.) And like Martha, we fret in a joyless fume!
Do you, like Martha and me, feel you’ve been missing what’s really important?
- Do you feel like you don’t know God’s Word as well as you should?
- Do you feel like you’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg in getting to know him?
- Do you feel dry and parched on the inside?
- That too often you fail to heed his gentle call to get with him in a quiet place?
Christ didn’t send his disciples off alone, but he called them TO HIMSELF. For it is only in his presence and learning from him that we find true rest for our souls. Come away WITH ME he’s saying. Come away and LET ME quiet your soul and spirit. Come away and find rest IN ME.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” — Matthew 11:29-30
It’s a call to pause and cultivate intimacy with him.
To spend time with him, in Selah Stillness, like Mary did, learning to love him more. To pour our hearts out to him, and let his heart speak to ours.
And to delve into his Word and learn to know him intimately. To pour over it and let it renew our minds and feed our souls.
And then to get up and go, like Martha. Because we are surrounded by a burdened, troubled world, and hurting, confused people. And only those who have true rest can offer it to others.
Selah Stillness is my quiet place.
A place for getting away with him for a selah pause in quiet stillness. A place for cultivating intimacy with God, for myself. And to any who like me, long for more of him and would like to join me.
In this world that is contantly clamoring for our time and attention, let’s push it all to the side. To answer that one, most important call. Delay the instant messages, turn off the push notifications, and ignore the likes, shares, and comments for a while.
The Lord is calling. May we pause to get away with him in our own quiet place.
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