12 November 2015 - clay
The myth of motion
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!
- Psalm 27:14
There are some days that I think it would be easier to simply be busy. To have so much to do and so many deadlines to meet that you have to trim the fat from the rest of your day and do only those things which are of the utmost importance. When allowing a stray thought into your mind would derail the entire day.
I’m not that lucky most of the time. There are moments, sometimes many of them strung together, where I find myself with the ability to think. What do I do with it though? I search for something to fill it. Sometimes I look to books, sometimes video game, sometimes movies, but very rarely do I spend that time waiting.
Why? We live in this myth that so long as we are moving, so long as we are doing something, then we’re accomplishing a task. Either that or we believe that because of all that we’ve accomplished (or been frustrated by) that day that we deserve some time to ourselves. We fill that time with something that is akin to the empty calories provided by a soda.[footnote]A frosty, delicious, Coke. Or maybe a Dr. Pepper. Mmmmmmm…[/footnote]
I have to train myself to wait. To spend those precious quiet moments doing something eternal, rather than simply internal. Instead of looking for something to occupy my time, I should be occupying the time with something of significance. The psalmist says to wait on the Lord and He will strengthen our hearts. He doesn’t say to stare into the vast abyss of my phone in order to make sure that I don’t miss anything.
Waiting implies patience. Patience is hard. It seems like we don’t do hard these days. Everything has to be in five easy steps. Instead of taking those extra steps, instead of putting ourselves into motion and perpetuating the myth, let’s start to wait.
Waiting doesn’t allow us to renew our strength. Waiting allows God to renew our strength. The only thing we have to do is wait.
Couldn’t you use some more strength today?