The spread of our reach is determined by the depth or our roots. In nature, as well as in the Spirit, going deeper fosters stronger connection with the indwelling Spirit. So how do we go deeper?
One vital spiritual practice for this season is “slowing.” Going deeper requires going slower. “Be still and know that I am God.” In a world that is moving too fast, we must learn to go slower. Transformation does not happen at electronic speed but rather from spiritual stillness that takes root in our souls.
Only in the spiritual practice of slowing can we live in a world that delights our spirit rather than depletes it. Only though spiritual slowing can we gather around the throne of God with all creation.
Around God’s throne we find a “sea of glass” (Revelation 4:6). That sea is completely calm. Not a ripple mars it’s surface, not a wave disturbs its peace. In the midst of chaos there is a still point, which is the throne of God. There we find peace, perfect peace. The Source of all peace is our Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 26:3-4 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord GOD is the eternal Rock.
During a storm, Jesus stood on the deck of a boat belonging to his disciples and commanded the winds and the waves, “Peace! Be Still!” They did. No matter what storm we find ourselves caught in, every wind and wave still bows at his command.
Our own stillness is the result of his presence, his voice, and his command, “Peace! Be Still.” In the midst of our crisis, we are not to embrace the chaos but to hold fast to the Prince of peace—Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG) Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. 7 Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.