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Sitting. Just doing nothing. Stillness.

Sitting… on the porch, my feet propped up, watching the white light of early-morning northern sun swell, burst, and splash its glow on everything in its path. Sitting… at a stop light, my eyes catch the little one skipping, her yellow boots dancing a rat-a-tat, her little hand warmly enfolded in a the gnarled one of her grandfather. Sitting… in a homey little café, windows framed in cotton, miles from home, soaking in the faces of a dear friend and her daughter who have driven for hours to make this meeting possible. Sitting… between a row of peas and dill, weeds piled in neat little heaps behind me, insects buzzing, children laughing in the distance, the breeze blowing cool against my sweaty back. Sitting… against soft pillows, snug in the window seat, rain and wind slashing at the windows, safe, warm, secure. Sitting… at the feet of Jesus, Yesu, Yeshua; the Christ, our Messiah, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Sitting… silently, patiently, with open heart, asking and letting Him do the writing on my heart.

Sitting. Just doing nothing. Though inactivity has taken a lowly place in the hierarchy of our production-focused society, it does have its benefits. As Cindy Boose, in her article “Sit a Spell”, points out, we can think of the benefits as the four R’s:  relaxation, relinquishment, reflection, and rejuvenation.

Relax. Find a place to sit. Let your mind and body relax in true tranquility. For a moment or two, breathe slowly and do absolutely nothing. Think, “Jesus, I’m letting myself sit safely on your lap.” Picture yourself as a little kid snuggled up in His lap, and relax. “And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them” (Mark 10:16, NKJV).

Relinquish. Let go of all the worrisome thoughts, to-do lists, pressures, and problems. Think,  “Jesus, I’m going to let go of all this stuff because I know you are big enough to take care of it. That is what You have promised and Your promises are true.” Picture yourself handing all your troubles over to Him. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”  (1 Peter 5:7, NIV)

Reflect. Draw from your surroundings, from your memories, or from scripture. Teach yourself to notice goodness, even in little things and little actions. Think, “Jesus, transform my heart and thoughts so I can relate to my world as You would.” Picture yourself snuggled in His lap, either looking through a memory book of your life or watching the world go by. Watch for the things that He focuses on. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things”  (Philippians 4:8, NKJV).

Rejuvenate. Let your spirit soar. Think, “Jesus, with my hand in yours, I’m ready to take on whatever life has in store. Let’s do this together.” Picture the two of you walking off, hand in hand, your heads held high, a lilt in your step… “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6) NIV)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV)

 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV)

Like a mini-nap, the benefits of sitting can be reaped in as little as five or ten minutes, less once you get practiced.  And sitting – relaxing, relinquishing, reflective, rejuvenating sitting – is absolutely free, just like the gift of salvation.

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