There are no two ways about it, the occupied soul is one that has no room for God. And it doesn’t even matter how great and marvelous the things are which occupy it. They are taking up space that was designed for God, space that was created to be filled by him alone. These things are consuming precious time and energy and attention that needs to be given to the life of the Spirit within and around us.
Thus, an emptying is necessary. Or, at the very least, a stilling and a quieting must take place. If we want to dwell with God, if we want to enjoy his presence and hear his voice and be aware of his activity in our lives, we must begin the process of calming our souls. This is likely to involve some silence and solitude and prayer. It is likely to require a place that is out of the normal traffic flow of our lives, one without noise and frenzy and activity. We must allow the turbulent waters of the soul to become still and quiet, so we might be able to see what is underneath. So we might be able to hear the still, small voice of the Spirit as it speaks to us in our depths.
The only question is: Will we make the time and the space necessary for this to happen? If not, we should never expect that our souls would be anything other than occupied.
O Lord, forgive us when we become occupied; when we get too full of ourselves that we get a little too big for our britches. Forgive us when we fall in love with our own observations and opinions and begin to take ourselves far too seriously. Forgive us when we begin to think that we can handle things on our own, or make things happen for ourselves. For when we do these things, we take up all the space and leave no room for you to move and to act.