I grew up playing Nintendo - living to master the different levels of Mario games, defeat my Tetris high score, and knock out Mike Tyson more quickly than I had the last time. There was an addictive attribute in video gaming, and I think a lot of that had to do with the reset button. If my game was heading south, I was able to start over and try again...and again.
I invite you to remember the value of the reset button that we have been offered. I was in prayer yesterday morning, and my mind was filled with thoughts of the day before - as the day before was filled with much activity, rites of passage, etc. I felt a sweet nudge in my spirit to hit the reset button. What am I referring to in this situation? Coming back to the calming arms of the Lord.
There is a peace and rest that is found only in Him. Sometimes the waves are being tossed due to excitement rather than a storm; there is still a need for calm. Sometimes the dust has settled for everything and everyone around you, yet you feel that you still cannot seem to quiet your soul. I challenge you to find the reset button.
How? I get it. I can come to the quiet place of prayer, yet my thoughts are still raging with hurricane force winds. How do you achieve the "be still" part, so that you can remember and "know that He is God"? Well, as usual, the Word is the answer...
"In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength."
I understand that it may be easy to hear this Scripture with your mind and resolve that it is too simple for it to be truly effective in your situation. The power is in more than what it says...it is in your reading it, believing it, and choosing it. There is power in His Word that can still calm the raging sea - within us. There is power in His Word that can still bring us back from the chaos we find ourselves walking in on occasion.
I dare you to get alone with the Word and hit the reset button. Come back to Him again...and again. There is an addictive attribute in His Presence, and the renewal in Him surpasses any do-over this world can afford.
Father, I love that You make me new in Your arms. You re-charge me and re-fuel me, and I am never the same after spending time with You. Thank You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
2 Corinthians 5:17