Busy Isn’t the Answer

How a simple head cold led to a path away from fear

Posted in , Dec 6, 2016

Find wisdom in quiet and rest.

He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. (HCSB)

My house had never been cleaner. Every day I worked all day and cleaned house in the evenings. I scrubbed walls, vacuumed daily, even cleaned baseboards and windows. I’d do anything to stay busy and to wear myself out before I dared to go to bed. 

Being still and quiet was a scary place for me.

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With our son away at war, my mind was a battlefield. I had to keep it engaged to keep it away from places I didn’t want to go. What-ifs lingered just below the busy surface of my mind, waiting to drag me into their depths of hopelessness.

Then I got sick. It wasn’t anything major, just a miserable head-cold. But it left me too weak to stay busy. All I could do was lay in bed and think. Sure enough, my thoughts began to go down those dreaded paths. In desperation, I turned to the Bible on my bedside table. I flipped through well-loved passages and let God’s promises quiet the turmoil.

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I don’t like to be sick, but that simple head cold was one the best things that ever happened to me. It forced me to face my fears and find a real solution to my dilemma. Being busy wasn’t the answer, but relying on God was.

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