stillness

Do everything possible to attain stillness and freedom from distraction, and struggle to live according to God’s will, battling against invisible enemies. Be like an astute business man: make stillness your criterion for testing the value of everything, and choose always what contributes to it.

~Evagrios

Seemingly simple suggestion. One of the most profound lessons I’ve learned, and am still learning. It’s curious the directions stillness comes, not always in the most spiritual acts, not always separated from action. Stillness of being is the Spirit whispering, “good”, even in the midst of storms.

Jesus modeled this when the storm came up and he rested. The disciples modeled fear and frenzy.

But, it’s not only in the storms we seek stillness. Sometimes in the mundane realities of life, there is a way of stillness. It is this stillness that marks the rhythm of the dance with God. We know we have made the steps when we are still.

Start now. I suspect really learning this takes a lifetime. But it’s so, so worth it.

added: I was trying to think of the times I’ve felt this stillness. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve felt this in a church setting. Stillness isn’t a church activity.

Well, not at my various churches.

I spent a lot of time in pentecostal churches, and I’m wondering how that would be. If the Spirit’s present truly is stillness, then isn’t stillness the ultimate Pentecostal expression? Peter sang in prison, unconcerned. He was still. We emphasize frenzy, oddly enough, and stamp it with God’s presence. Not to say those actions are wrong in themselves, but I wonder what all those flair would look like if stillness were the criteria.

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