When was the last time you had a moment of pure silence? No TV, no radio, just silence. Finding joy in the silence is something many of us struggle with. We tend to want to fill the silence with words, with “doing,” or the TV or music. Because of the busyness of the holiday season, we don’t get much silence this time of year. Personally, I love the silence when the snow is falling. There is a stillness to the air when it snows. To me it is simply pure silent bliss and a reminder of God’s continual activity here on earth. A visual reminder of His unending love and the newness of being washed cleaned through the blood of Christ.
I don’t know about you but, somedays, I simply long for that stillness and silence, yet often I don’t allow for the space for such a practice. It can be difficult to carve out time for a holy silence in our lives. Often when we do find time for it, our mind begins to wander with all the “things” that need accomplishing. Are you longing for a few moments of silence? For a moment of stillness before God?
Jesus often found the time to pull away from the demands of His daily living and create a quite space for prayer. I wonder, was it just as difficult for Him to completely focus on God alone and shut out the demands of His daily living? Jesus understood prayer replenishes and was absolutely necessary to fulfill His mission. He experienced first hand the benefits of prayer to His heavenly Father and wanted us to learn from His example the value of time spent together. He shows us through the records in scripture the importance of drawing away to a silent place to pray. By drawing away from the distractions of our daily life, God, in those moments of silence and stillness, has the opportunity to open our hearts and minds and encourage us to continue to follow Him. In the stillness, He has the opportunity to speak to us with love, and we have the opportunity to be filled with a peace that is unexplainable.
I am so grateful to God, who in His infinite wisdom, encourages us to seek out the stillness. I struggle with the being still in His presence, but God is always faithful to meet me right where I am if I only take the time to be still and welcome the silence. He knows we often can’t hear Him above the “noise” of our lives and I think this is one of the reasons Jesus modeled drawing away in prayer. It is vital to loving others well and to our spiritual growth. Practicing the art of silence is one way we can prevent ourselves from becoming dry spiritually and instead allow God to fill us with a fresh new perspective of His love.
Have you drawn away to a quiet place recently to pray? He knows we need some stillness and quiet this time of year to refocus and reconnect with Him. He also knows it can be difficult for us to find a quiet place and to be still. Be creative, maybe you have a closet where you can close the door. Start with 5 minutes, set a timer and just be still in His presence. He will meet you there. He will quench your thirst. Allow His love to wash over you and allow yourself to “see” Him with new eyes. I have found that if my mind wanders, I simply refocus and say – “God, here I am, I wish to be with you,” then I’ll be silent again. At first it may seem awkward , but I know He will bless your time together with new insights into both Himself and you. All He asks is for you to simply come.
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. (Psalm 37:3-7)