"Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10 NIV)
I am an introvert (a people-loving introvert!) and I love moments of silence and solitude. Depending on the season of life, these moments have been easier or harder to find. Before having kids, it was fairly easy to carve out time to quietly be with the Lord. As children came along, some of those moments came in the middle of the night rocking a child or during precious nap times. Little by little our children went to preschool and I found myself with quiet time during the day, and the struggle to find silence and solitude seemed to be over.
However, at the moment I find myself in an environment that is calm and quiet, quieting myself is not so easy. It takes more discipline on my part. In the midst of the urgent, it’s hard to stop, but I crave the time to be still with God –the Creator of the universe, the One who is above all that is going on in my world and the world at large. In stillness, God reorders the urgent. He renews my confidence in Him. He becomes my “refuge and strength and very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46) In that stillness, I can rest in His power to calm storms and move mountains; but I have to be willing to pause in my busyness and be still. That isn’t always my first response.
When I do surrender in stillness with Him, the experience encourages me to return.
Warmly in Christ, Joy McAuley
"I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me." (Psalm 131:2 NLT)
How do you calm and quiet yourself for times with Jesus?
In your daily life, what keeps you from times of silence and solitude?