You know the location. It's where you find yourself when something wakes you up at 3:15 in the morning. A dog barks, tires screech, a train whistle blows in the distance or too much caffeine calls for a trip out of bed. But how about those times when the noisy clammer of mental gymnastics breaks through the silence of the night and prevents your peaceful slumber? You are awake and it's so still, so quiet except for the endless chatter in your mind. It's like your brain was too occupied during the day to make room so all the things left lingering in your subconscious (usually negative) are waiting for you to get still enough to invade like stormtroopers on mission. Here's where you choose; you can pick up your phone or turn on the TV and numb your mind to the invasion. But if you quiet your mind and lean into the stillness, you encounter your "knowing place." hereto known as your "KP." You are body, soul and spirit. Caveat: I am not a theologen and it's not my purpose here to wax poetically where I am not an expert. This I know. You were created in the image of God and your KP is the place where the Lord communes with you Spirit to spirit.
Today, the temptation to constantly occupy the space in your brain with the steady influx of entertainment and information allows little time for quiet reflection or uninterrupted communication with God, others or your own heart.
I passed two people at a table having lunch recently, each wearing headphones, texting and working on their respective laptops. Now that may have been a working lunch with one saying to the other, "Hey, since we've both got work to do let's get out of here and grab some lunch while we work." No judgment here. It just reminded me that we are constantly connected and yet many report feeling increasingly disconnected. With our smart phones, laptops, iPads and DVR's...connectivity is at our fingertips 24/7 and yet what's going on in our knowing place can scarcely be heard. There's just too much competition.
These things all have their proper place but can you feel the necessity of unplugging and really getting connected from time to time? I'd encourage you (and me) to take a sabbatical, whether it's 30 minutes a day, 1/2 day once a week or 3 days a quarter and make an uninterrupted visit to your knowing place. Try taking a walk without any accompanying item on your person. Find a place of prayer and talk to your Father without the opportunity to scroll. Visit a coffee shop, sit at a table and...drink coffee. Just be open to the present and the people around you.
When we make decisions without taking time to get still, we often experience that feeling of discomfort or doubt in choosing a course of action. And how often have we felt a hesitation or check in our spirit (aka our knowing place) and acted while ignoring that small but undeniable Voice trying to break through the noise? As we push it to the side and continue filling our minds with endless fillers, that warning voice grows faint along with an increasing sense of unrest. The results can yield an array of symptoms; fatigue, guilt, anxiety, confusion, weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, sadness, etc. Any time we embrace a friendship with incongruence, our spiritual equilibrium is thrown off course. These are loving warning signs to us, from our good, good Father that we need to STOP and re-evaluate where we moved away from Him...and from that place of peace.
To experience true peace, check-in and get connected to your knowing place and ask the Lord to shine his all-knowing searchlight into your heart and check your spiritual "fitness" level. You can KNOW in your knower what is right but you also need power to DO what is right. This is the work of the Holy Spirit when he indwells and empowers us to do what we cannot do on our own. Don't be afraid to begin the journey for the first time or your journey back after losing your way. It doesn't have to be 3:15 a.m. but you do have to get still and quiet. It may take more than one trip, or an extended stay to your KP in order to reconnect and tune in, especially if you've become dull in your senses over a period of time. Don't give up! Continue to read the Word, listen and lean in. The Lord will open your "knower" once again. He waits to reveal Himself to you, and the purpose He plans to fulfill in your life for His glory and your good.
Don't Waste Your Hurricane,
Mark 4:39 "Jesus awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the storm, 'Peace!" Be still!' And the wind ceased and there was a great calm."