Turn off the TV, put down the phone, leave the radio off, shut the computer and just listen. The quiet is really there. It may be just for a moment or an extended period of time. But the quiet is there waiting. For some, it seems crazy to sit in our home in silence. To ride in our car in the quiet may seem even more bizarre. But in the quiet, we hear. We hear truths. We hear guidance. We hear a message.
We often avoid the quiet because there are things we do not want to hear. There are messages we know but would rather not address. There are truths that scare us. If we simply keep moving…if we can just keep the noise going…if we can avoid thinking about it…surely we won’t have to deal with it.
What we need to hear is always bubbling just underneath the surface. We cannot drown it out forever. We cannot hold it back for a lifetime. There will be a time when it will affect our health – mental, physical, and spiritual. The quiet eventually envelopes us. And it is good. It is healing. It is peaceful. Even in the fear, there is blessing.
Today, try spending some time in the quiet. It may be just for a few moments. It is okay to start slow. Today may be short, tomorrow may hold more moments. If we continue to listen, the quiet will become our friend and begin to provide a path forward. Welcome the quiet and may your life begin to heal.
1 For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken.
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