Life is all the time noisy. I even find myself turning on music to fill the somewhat quiet. This world has done a good job of making sure the din of noise drowns out any chance to hear the important.
Still, quiet can happen, in that time between laying our head on the pillow and sleep. It is in that quiet that we can hear. A calling to our heart, a stirring of our soul: “Come to Me”. Too often I think we choose to go over the list for tomorrow or recall the day just done.
“He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:2-3 NIV) Since Jesus is our Shepherd maybe those green pastures are the times of stillness where seeking Him gives us ears to hear. Maybe the quiet waters are the refreshment His presence gives. And maybe He restores our soul from the loud and noisy of the day.
We used to go camping – a lot. It was a family of five on a budget best vacation deal. When the campfire died down and sleepy children began to nod off, I would look up at the night sky. The sparkle of a thousand distant lights seemed to enfold us on all sides. About that time the crickets would settle down and I would crawl into the sleeping bag feeling like the quiet was gently rocking me.
And in the quiet… I don’t hear an audible voice or get a major revelation. In those few moments is His reassuring presence reminding “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 NLT)
And in the quiet… I don’t get the answers I need for all my problems. In that fleeting sweet time it is the Holy Sprit reminding “The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it.” (1Thessalonians 5:24 NIV)
God’s thoughts about us never stop, He’s always with us, we fall asleep and when we wake up we find He’s still right there. In the noise and in the quiet, He is faithful. “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!” (Psalm 139:17-18 NLT)
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