It’s been a long time since I sat down and tried to not do a thing. One month? Two? Yes, I think the last time might have been in September.
Truly, I hadn’t sat in stillness with my Father for two months. And when I say “stillness” I mean sitting down in a place with no input (music playing, internet beeping, phone buzzing) and having no agenda except to be in the presence of God.
I know there is a lot to do now. I can feel it. The pressure to do is almost tangible, isn’t it? Write those Christmas letters. Wipe the cookie flour off the counter. Decorate the house. Call that friend. Make sugar cookies and smile the whole time while you do it.
For a few minutes a day, this Advent, can you join me in rebelling against all that pressure to do?
Even in this beautiful invitation to celebrate Advent, I can twist all the beauty right on out of this season and try to do rather than await, with open heart, the presence of my Savior.
Let’s keep this simple: will you join me each day, this December, and sit with me with our Father?
Just a few minutes.
Mute and turn off all electronics.
Turn your to-do list upside down.
Go to a room or a corner where you can be by yourself. (I know how this is tricky and nearly impossible with little kids at your feet, but be creative with the when and the how and the where. You can do this!)
Close your eyes.
Put your hands in your lap, maybe even with your palms open. Keep your feet flat on the floor.
(Of course, lying face down, I know, works for some of you . . . but just don’t fall asleep . . . )
And just wait.
Wait on God.
Listen to your breathing. And as you listen, let God draw you in deeper. Let your imagination go.
He wants to show you where He is. He wants to show you where you are with Him.
I’m doing this.
Every day. Just a few minutes.
It’s going to be good.
Are you with me?
*Join me over at my friend Kristin’s today remembering “I am desperate for you, Father, and this desperation is my strength.”
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