Rev. Billy Chiew
My heart goes out to the people of Turkey and Syria in dealing with the worst earthquakes in the last twenty five years. Imagine the loss, the devastation, the heartbreak. “He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness”. How does God restore your soul? Where do you find rest? How are you most able to forget, even for a few moments, the pressures of this life? Where do you get reset and realigned? How do you connect with God most easily? Where are you most able to hear his voice or feel his guidance? Is it in praying at your breakfast table in the early morning, before anyone else wakes? Or in reading Scripture on the treadmill or in your car over the lunch hour? Is it in a few minutes of stillness and solitude in the evening? Or in community around a table, with family and friends? Is it in walking or running or biking through streets or through hills? Is it in listening to music? Or in making your own music, singing in church perhaps? Or in something else entirely? Recognize that God designed you, uniquely, to have ways—even amid the busyness—to find him, to find rest and restoration through him. You were designed to, every so often, just come home. So open your eyes. Search your heart. He has, no doubt, already shown you how.
Look back on season or times when you most prompted by God’s peace and presence. That you have experienced him in specific ways, in specific places, in specific events, indicate he has spoken…to you. God is pursuing you to give permission to do those things, whatever they are. So keep doing them, consistently and often.