“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations…” Psalm 46:10
“…in quietness and in trust shall be your strength, but you would have none of it.” Isaiah 30:15
“…the pause that refreshes” (1929 Coca-Cola slogan)
I remember when I became convinced of the importance to learn how to enjoy being quiet. I knew I needed to learn to be quiet devotionally. But, I also needed to learn to sit quietly and be peaceful at times in everyday life. This was back when my children were small. We didn’t have answering machines, caller ID, personal computers, iphones, itunes or all the other gadgets that take up our time and create “static” in our world.
I’m fidgety. I don’t do still. I don’t do patient. At least I don’t do them naturally. Quiet is not in my nature. I’m more impulsive and reactionary. It’s rather humorous that God put me in the position of being a pastor’s wife and mother. Some of that had to change…
We are a culture that generally doesn’t see benefit in pausing, reflecting, taking breaks…that is, unless we have something that needs to be done during those times. The whole point of quiet, particularly our time with God, is to put aside our own agendas and prioritize His agenda…
…found in His Word.
When I stop and quietly wait before God, He often points out ways His Word applies to the true needs I have. They may not be my “felt needs” …those are often not my real needs at all. I need the quiet to drown out all the craziness that goes on around me.
How do we enjoy quiet?
Here are some ways I’ve learned to enjoy quiet…
Through my children. It was a side benefit, but after a noisy, squealy day with a house full of girls, quiet was a great relief!
Feeding my thoughts through reading scripture. This prompts my thinking and prayers in positive ways along God’s agenda, not mine. Reading from the Psalms or parts of many of the prophetic books, like Isaiah, point my thoughts toward God and who He is! It takes me away from my small little world here and transports me into a place where, for just a few moments, I see life from GOD’s perspective.
It is a place where…
…nothing is impossible, if it is within His will for me.
…in the end, GOD will be victorious over evil. I see how majestic He is.
…justice will prevail, eventually.
…God is on the throne; He is in control, a Holy place.
For a few minutes each day, I need to think about that. I need to have that as a basis for my prayer, devotional time and everyday living. It is not a time where my guilt over what I’m not doing for God is paramount. This is a good thing…
…and it keeps me quiet.
When I get that, and I’m only starting to, I will be like many of the prophets…and shut my mouth. A wonderful place to stop! A wonderful place to enjoy quiet.
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