I am busy. Very busy. Early to rise. Late to bed. Go, go, go. Even during my down time I am busy. I mean, look at my calendar. It will tell you…

I am busy.

Busy being busy. How many of us are like that? We run in circles chasing our tail until we’re exhausted, finding ourselves too busy to breathe—let alone still enough to listen to the LORD’s instruction.

Psalm 23:2 says God makes me lie down in green pastures, and leads me beside still waters (NIV). Why? Because the Lord knows that, left on my own, I will probably speed right past those green pastures and still waters I so desperately need.

I love The Message version of the next verse. It says, “True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.” Wow! Catch my breath. Is that possible? Yet if I don’t slow down and allow the Lord to help me catch my breath, I will never be able to have my soul restored to the degree the Lord desires.

Green pastures. Still waters. Restoration to my soul. These three things, along with a promise of direction for my life, is God’s desire for me. Not busyness. Not Marthahood. Time with Him. Time in rest. Time to allow my body, mind, and soul to drink of His peace—the peace that passes all understanding. And I know that if I stop being busy, if I lie down and drink of Him, if I let Him help me catch my breath, then He will be true to His word and lead me down a new path—one designed to bring freshness and renewal to a “busy” woman like me.