On Finding Peace
Katrina is one of the most talented, bright and passionate girls we know, and that's why it's so very special to have a post from her today about an issue that almost all of us struggle with in the chaos of life: how can we learn to put aside time to be still and know God?
This is also an extra-special post as it happens to be Katrina's 18th birthday today! We're hoping she has a wonderful day, and that you are encouraged by her words of wisdom. Lx
I think it’d be fair to say that I am particularly energetic. It appears that I have to be as I continuously juggle college, CU, church, university applications, sport, a social life, a job and getting enough sleep, challenging myself to give 100% in everything I do. I’ve lost track of the number of times people have asked me ‘How do you fit it all in?’ More than that- I’ve been known to run from room to room in my own house, as if those seconds I save will help me to squeeze every minute from the day.
But God calls us to stop rushing, slow down and just be with Him.
‘Be still and know that I am God' Psalm 46:10
We must remember that God has not called us to be frantically chasing around something worldly; be it exam results, sporting success or money. He wants us to chase Him.
He wants us to put spending time with Him at the top of our to-do list for once, making him our priority over everything. Don’t get me wrong, this is by no means easy. For someone who honestly struggles to just sit down for 10 minutes without wriggling, this appears to be a big ask. But Jesus says:
‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’ (John 14:27)
Because of Jesus we can be completely at peace; with Him, with ourselves and with the world. He gives us something more; we just need to go to Him.
With my head constantly filled with tick lists for the rest of the day, I’ve never been inclined to call sitting down to read my bible a ‘quiet time’. In my case it is rarely ever a quiet experience. And yet over the last month or so, with the encouragement of some wonderful friends and an attempt at some self-discipline, I’ve begun to do as God asks; to slow down and just be with Him.
Now, as I get up and read my Bible, I am at peace and so intently listening to what God has to share with me each morning. I still run from room to room (some things will never change!) But now I start my day with one to one time with God, in which I put aside everything else to fully give myself over to Jesus.
Ironically, I have come to realise that through this peaceful time with God each morning I’ve become more efficient with my work, I’ve become more prayerful throughout the day and I am recognising and enjoying the gifts God has given me so much more.
But most importantly, I have learnt the importance of investing in my relationship with Jesus - and that it’s okay to slow down every once in a while.
Hi, I’m Katrina. I’m in my last year at Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge and in the process of applying to study sport at uni. I love rowing, autumn and spend a copious amount of time baking. I've spent the last year learning on the job at being a CU leader but have loved every minute of it and am so excited by seeing God’s grace in action.