As I begin these words, I am sitting in my favorite coffee shop surrounded by comfy chairs, canned music flowing from the speakers and an employee hurriedly preparing to display Christmas items. Yes, it is the most wonderful time of the year at least according to retailers. The irony of my view is that I am coming to you today to share what it means to sit in silence. I am not taking this lightly and this atmosphere helps my writing juices flow, but God is calling me to learn how to soak in silence. I have not mastered silence, but want to share some lessons with you.
I find life goes silent because we forget to listen. We let our to do lists dictate our days and pretty soon we find ourselves at the end of the day no further along than we were at the beginning. The voice that speaks truth into our hearts goes silent because we have left no space to hear it. We hear the echo of silence, but have not learned how to use it for the good of others and ourselves.
And there are days where busy is relative and life is filled with stuff. There is no pattern to how I am filling my days, but one constant is present – I am choosing other things over taking time with God. For it is in the silence, we hear God. His clear voice penetrates the noise that clutters our days and fills us with the quiet that eases our minds.
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When I take time to invite God into my day, I make room for His presence and blessings. My soul calms and peace fills the broken spots that are usually filled with noise. The world becomes secondary as God takes first place. There is no magic formula to accomplishing this, but a choice on our part to let God know He is important.
Sitting in the silence requires an invitation. Seeking God first and our agenda second.
Silence seeks a time of centering. It is leaving our noisy minds behind and choosing God.
In the time of centering, we make a choice. Will we listen and hear from God, or not?
Finally, rest is needed as we enter into the time of silence. It is a resting of our minds, hearts and souls. It is letting all clutter and outside distractions take a back seat to the silence that God brings when we let it all go to Him.
God calls us to Him in the silence. We feel the whispers enter our heart and know that being with God is the only place we need to be.
Let him sit alone in silence,
for the Lord has laid it on him. Lamentations 3:28
In the quiet, we restore our souls and renew our minds. We find the Shepherd, who loves spending time with us. Our minds still, our hearts become steady and we find the balance that is needed by our souls.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3
Let’s make the choice of sitting in the silence today. God will restore, renew and refresh in the quiet.
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