"Thank Me for the conditions that are requiring you to be still. Do not spoil these quiet hours by wishing them away, waiting impatiently to be active again. Some of the greatest works in My kingdom have been done from sick beds and prison cells." (Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young)
Why is being still such an un-American activity? It is a daily (sometimes hourly) challange for me. It is the single most common frustration that I hear from women. We desire to be filled with God. We desire to live in His strength, and not ours. We desire all He has to offer. But we are living way below our privileges as Christians. Why? But it takes more than desire.
I have found that as with any "good for you, but not natural to the flesh" activity, good old fashioned discipline goes a long way. This was a revelation to me early in my journey. I thought I was possibly not saved because I struggled to spend time alone with God. But I did not give up. The promise of exchanging my weakness for His power was just too appealing for me to let go! I admired other Christians, who seemed to have come to the place of enjoying God and his presence that I so wanted. Sitting still in His presence and reading His Word was a habit that slowly got worked into my life, just like choosing vegetables (most of the time!) over potato chips has been a learned behavior for me.
But eventually, the discipline paid off! I began to desire spending time with God. My timeclock, body, and mind were being trained to get up in the still, quiet hours of the morning to hear from Him....and I actually began to look forward to it, and very much miss it when it does not happen. And the changed attitudes in my life were nothing short of supernatural.
As I have become ruined to the past, lesser way of living apart from the Vine....now being still and quiet with God has become my delight. I can honestly say that I find great joy in spending time with God and I would gladly give up food, sleep, fellowship to make sure that He fills me first. Actually, at this point in my life, I realize how utterly broken, helpless and a mess without His daily infusion of light I would be, that I dare not subject my family and friends to this on a regular basis.
Discipline leads to Desire which leads to Delight.
So don't get discouraged, my friend. Keep digging for the gold. Let this progression play out in your life as well. I give Him all the praise. Because He has proven that the manna He makes available each day is satisfying and well worth being still for. "Sit still, my daughter..." Ruth 3:18