• Kate Clinton

Learning to Like the Quiet

Mark 1:35 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”

Lamentations 3:25-26 “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

1 Kings 19:2 “After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”

There isn't much quiet time left in this world. Even if we find ourselves alone, tons of things are competing to steal any quiet from us. We have text messages to answer and social media to scroll. We can listen to music through all kinds of outlets and there are thousands of viral videos to watch. We have hundreds of channels on the TV to choose from.

We have schedules that are packed full. They may be over scheduled with worthy causes and needs of the our children and our jobs, but they don't allow much calm to enter our stressful lives.

I have to admit that quiet can make me uncomfortable. Especially as a mom of four. Quiet doesn't happen too much around our home. When it does, I find myself searching for something to listen to in the background. I may be listening to sermons though my phone, or my local Christian radio program. I might turn on a cooking show or my playlist. But I need something to fill the silence.

And then I started to wonder why. Why don't I want to be still in the quiet? Why am I so anxious to fill my ears with words from someone else? I know why, but I don't want to admit it. I don't want to have to deal with myself and possibly hear that Still Small Voice whispering to me about what I need to change. What I need to work on. What I need to pray for.

I may be filling my silence with good things. I may be filling my schedule with good things. But if I am not taking any time to welcome the silence in my day to be open to hear from God, I am missing out. Missing out on His guidance and His wisdom. His discipline and His Love.

In this world driven by technology and noise, it takes a great effort to create a quiet time. Yes, God can speak to us through music and sermons. But He also desires for us to meet Him in a quiet space. To be deliberate in hearing from Him. So many times we do all the talking during prayer time that we leave no room for Him to speak. He can speak to us in many ways, but are we willing to hear Him in the quiet?

Will you work with me to seek God in the quiet? It may only last a couple minutes. It will take discipline to create it. But it will be well worth it. This noisy, fast paced world will tell us it is pointless. But our hearts tell us otherwise. Jesus needed quiet time with His Father. We need quiet time with our Father. And what a privilege it is to have the Creator of the World waiting on us to join Him. Undisturbed. Peaceful. Just Him.

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