Then the LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD. Behold, the LORD is about to pass by.” And a great and mighty wind tore into the mountains and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a still, small voice. (1 Kings 19:11-12).
I realised the other night whilst lying in bed, that my thoughts had got so loud (or I was thinking a lot of thoughts is another way of putting it) that I couldn’t hear the wind and rain outside. It was like I suddenly clicked out of the thinking and heard the rain and then realised how consuming our minds and thoughts can become (or mine anyway). So much so that I couldn’t hear something really quite loud that was happening around me. It also made me realise that I can actually switch it off and click on to still mode where I can actually relax, listen (and hear God). So it’s good really, also, our bedrooms are in the roof, so you can hear the rain on them very clearly
I’m not even sure what I actually think about a lot of the time, but I know I think a lot. I always have done. I also know that when I have an idea for a blog my brain goes into overdrive and I think and plan and write things out mentally. I actually don’t mind that, but I’m also recognising I need to rest my mind and just rest with God. It’s not just the blog but many other things, think, think, think…
It can be a benefit, but it can also be a hindrance to connection, and rest. So, one way I’m dealing with it is to pour everything that’s on my mind into a journal every day. That way I don’t automatically pour it all out via the blog or via social media. Some is relevant, but not all. Writing is cool and writing to God is even cooler.
The view where I type from is pretty awesome too.