He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
But I am slowing down and savoring quiet time and letting the Lord teach me and guide me through this guided quiet. Silence is a great teacher. ~Sharon at Something to Think About
When was the last time you experienced either one of these? Are they desires you wish fulfilled? Or situations best avoided?
I know of folks who maintain their televisions 24/7, even when they are not watching the shows. The sound of voices in conversation and commentary keeps the quiet at bay, reassures them that they are not alone.
I know of folks, ear-plugged into a steady stream of music, who can't abide the silence. Music sings to them that they are not alone.
Why cannot the same be found in silence? As Sharon describes it most aptly, and I might add from experience, it is the "great teacher."
But do we believe it? Do we trust it?
What happens to us when we give way and allow the silence to envelop us? Embrace us? Define us?
Will we finally realize that, in the silence, we are not alone?
As we stand on the brink of the Lenten Season, pondering our giving ups and our taking-ons to allow us to grow closer to the Lord, I encourage you, if you have never done so, to make a vow to welcome silence into your heart and mind. Give yourself the room to simply be still.
To rest without the distractions of the outside world. To allow God the freedom and opportunity to speak to you in the calm and the hush.
Tune the world down. Tune God in.
I guarantee, you won't feel alone.
You won't be alone.
What disciplines are you planning to practice during Lent?
Prayer: Father, as we prepare to meet the joy of Your Son resurrected on that blessed first Easter, may our Lenten season be filled with Your presence and guidance. May we find comfort in the sounds of silence where Your voice is clearly heard, and know with confidence that we are not alone, for You are always with us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.