By Dawn Bennett
I was driving home from one of my son’s baseball games, thinking how I still needed to make dinner (even though it was late), and knowing I had to run to the store after dinner, and then thinking how tired I already was from all of the busyness of the day. A song came on the radio, it was a song I’ve heard a bunch of times, but this time the lyrics really caught my attention. The song is called “Breathe” by Johnny Diaz. Here is the first verse
“Alarm clock screaming bare feet hit the floor
It’s off to the races everybody out the door
I’m feeling like I’m falling behind, it’s a crazy life
Ninety miles an hour going fast as I can
Trying to push a little harder trying to get the upper hand
So much to do in so little time, it’s a crazy life
It’s ready, set, go it’s another wild day”
It is a crazy life for so many of us! Running around trying to fit it all in. This one needs to be at track at the same time baseball practice is. Phone calls to make, paperwork to do, appointments to keep, grocery shopping if we want to eat this week, laundry to be done if we want any clothes to wear. Running, running, running, but somehow it all needs to get done! It can all feel overwhelming sometimes.
But then the song goes on to say…
“I hear You say, Breathe, just breathe
Come and rest at my feet
And be, just be
Chaos calls but all you really need
Is to just breathe
I’m reminded of the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10.
“As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
It’s so easy to be distracted with all of life’s craziness. But the fact is we have to find the time to sit at His feet and just breathe. Let Him give us the peace we need to make it through the day. Don’t be like Martha, do not allow life to get in the way of what is truly important. Be Mary and rest in His presence. He knows we need to get things done, but don’t let the chaos get in the way of the peace God gives.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:1
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7