Although each of us are eager to hear from God, I know that when I'm in a season of "busyness" (often self induced and could be described typically as moving quickly without purpose or direction), I lack the space and time for God to show up…the "margin" that Rick will often preach about. Our tendency is to be plugged in, tuned out, distracted, rushed, and busy. Priscilla Shirer describes this as a "jam-packed life, what’s missing is space–space for God to speak, room for you to hear. It’s time to set aside the activities and busyness that swallows up rest and peace, it’s time for us to breathe and build margin into our lives for God.”
In my own journey, trying to create "space" has to be purposeful. Every time I say yes to activities, yes to work, yes to social media, "yes"... then I need to be aware of not only how busy my schedule is becoming but, what am I saying "no" to when I say "yes" to these things? I have to be purposeful in creating space in my life for myself and for my family. For us to experience peace and true rest, it is imperative for each of us to be very deliberate in protecting the space in our schedule; the margin necessary for God to truly speak into our lives; the space necessary to live a purposeful walk with Christ in the Kingdom. I always know when my schedule is overly booked as I will feel very anxious about meeting with friends, spending too much time in prayer, spending time in meditation, helping at church, mentoring students, etc. I will be overly possessive of my "free time", because I have said yes to a schedule that does not have enough “margin” available for me to be giving of my time.