Resting in Christ Even in the Middle of Chaos
There are times in your life where you just feel like you can’t find time to sit down and really spend time in the word and in prayer. There are times when it feels as though your world is moving at a thousand miles an hour and you’re struggling to keep your head above the water.
That’s what my life this past semester felt like. In fact, that’s what it feels like right now. I am currently writing this late at night from my hotel room in Denver, CO, as I’m currently taking a wilderness medicine course in which the days run from early morning until late evening.
I’m not complaining (at least at the moment, last semester may have warranted a few complaints). I love what I’m learning. I love living life in a new city and meeting new people from around the country that I can share God’s love with. I love figuring out where my passions are and seeing how God may use me in the future. However, it feels like I have no time to rest- neither physically nor in the Word.
At the end of the semester, I started to realize how much of an impact taking the time to rest in the presence of God is. It clears your head, centers you, and redirects your purpose away from the struggles of your life and towards God’s purpose. We see the importance of rest in both the secular world (e.g. college spring break, weekends, the Spanish tradition of siestas) and the bible (e.g. the Sabbath). In Exodus 20:8 God commands the Israelites to “Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.” On the Sabbath, they were to rest not just to rest their physical bodies but in honor of the Lord. The Sabbath was a way to rest in Christ. Today we see this concept played out in many churches which traditionally meet every Sunday, but the church is not the only place to rest in Christ. In fact, in my opinion, the best times when I can rest in Christ are when I am alone and/or in His creation. Everyone must find the space in which they can best connect with Christ. It looks different for everyone.
Psalm 95:4-5 says “In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.” I often find myself seeking solace in nature. Surrounding myself with the handiwork of God enables me to distance myself from the hustle and bustle of the world around me and focus on the Creator. I pray, I listen to music, and I listen. I refocus back onto the bigger picture, living out my life in such as way that Christ is displayed, not getting an A on the organic chemistry test or building my resume. Our campus has a greenway and botanical gardens that are perfect for this. Your campus or school might have such a place too. Or maybe, like me, some days just closing the bio book on your desk, turning on your twinkle lights and praise music, and opening your Bible affords you those valuable moments of connection with God.
I have had to come to realize that while my life is a reflection of Christ, my grades and resume are not what serve as a witness to His presence in my life, it’s my attitude. So often it’s easy to become so caught up in school that our attitudes shift towards becoming the perfect student, not displaying the love of Christ. This is a concept that I really struggle with, and something I need to remind myself daily of. That’s why even in the hustle and bustle of life I try to find some peace and quiet, and most importantly I seek out God. I can tell a profound difference in my attitude on the days when I do this, and I hope you will benefit in the same way that I do.