What is soaking?
Soaking is learning the beauty of #stillness. Sometimes it looks like lying on the floor, or across you bed, and not rushing to speak words or to your next task. It forces one to stop for a minute, and to intentionally seek connection from the heart. Soaking is the practice of calming our minds and abiding in God's presence. It challenges our busy, go-go, selves to wait patiently for, remain in place, and exercising how to tarry for a bit.
Think of the literal definition of soaking:
to lie in and become saturated or permeated with water or some other liquid.
It means to be immersed, dowsed, and washed.
I picture soaking like floating on your back in the calm ocean waters. Or, like a sponge, absorbing love, peace and soundness of mind, confidence, trust, and goodness. When we soaking God, we are allowing His Word and His presence to wash over us.
Connecting to God from the heart:
I have discovered in my own walk that many times I run head first into prayer, petitioning God for all of the things that come to mind. When I have "dumped the day", I then proceed to exit that time without truly connecting.
How many of us are guilty of doing that?
We take all of us and all of our stuff into our quiet time, forgetting that God knows our thoughts, needs and desires even before we speak them. Yet, very rarely do we take the time to listen and be still, and know that He is God. The very act of soaking and lying prostrate before God allows us to humble ourselves. It forces us to slow down and learn how to tarry in worship. Soaking means we stop going to God with our lips, and yet, our hearts are far from Him.
The term soaking is not a biblical term, however, it's the best was I know how to describe this kind of worship. I began doing it in 2011 when I first got saved. God was working on my mindset and teaching me to renew my mind through His Word. My mind was all over the place. Whenever I tried to pray, I was easily distracted or found my mind wandering. It seemed like my mind had a "mind" of itself. So, instead of trying to pray, I found two outlets worked for me in bringing my thoughts to a stable, focused, and peaceful plain; that was journaling and lying on the floor listening to worship music.
When God redeems us, we have years of thought patterns and perspectives that take time to break. Many people do not like to be alone because they find their thoughts to be overwhelming, draining and ceaseless. But, God is so good that He restores every part of us.
As I laid on the floor, I learned to let every thought come to the surface. Then I learned to give it over to God in prayer and ask Him to renew and restore that area. With worship music in the background, I was able to listen to scripture, admonishment and adoration of God, which allowed for those thoughts to meet God's peace and comfort.
This was a practice I did often, and especially on days when I felt greater temptation. I began to turn to it when I was single and felt the late night itch. It helped me to starve my flesh and sustain me in sexual purity. When I was breaking the addiction of smoking, replacing it with worship gave me the strength I needed one day at a time. There is power in God's presence and when we turn to Him with our whole hearts, and lean on Him with our entire being, He can do a transforming work within us.
How to do it:
1. Put on worship music or an instrumental (I like this one).
2. Set a time and remove all distractions. (15 minutes - 1 hour)
3. Have a pen and paper close by should God reveal anything to you or give you instructions.
4. Keep practicing it and don't give up if you find your mind is all over the place. Practice bringing your mind under control and focusing.
Some of my favorite worship songs:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
But his delight is in the Law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water,yielding its fruit in season,whose leaf does not wither,and who prospers in all he does.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Until next time,