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Be Quiet

February 25, 2010

This is an email devotional I receieve through HomeWord. I really enjoyed it and thought that I would share it. The question is are you and I brave enough to try it? Can I “unplug.” I am challenged by these thoughts!

Shhhh…

By Leslie Snyder

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.
Jeremiah 1:5

I’m convinced that children intuitively know God. They aren’t afraid to talk with Him, about Him, or tell you stories that include Him. There is a place in their heart that is open to all things spiritual. I have experienced this in our own family and in others. One very intimate example was given by an author who shared, “A four-year-old girl was overheard whispering into her baby brother’s ear, “‘Baby,” she whispers, “tell me what God sounds like. I am starting to forget.”1

Seeking God requires listening, and listening is hard work. It takes energy, patience, time, effort, and most of all, silence. And, while most of us are okay with the energy, patience, time and effort piece, we shudder at the thought of being silent and quickly find ways of filling the widening void.

In silence, the hurts, pains, rejections and failures we have pushed away come rushing back. In silence, the voices of those who have authority over us can seem to overpower us. In silence, worry and fear linger strangely near us. But consider the paradox offered by Mother Teresa, “God is the friend of silence.” Elijah learned this while hiding away in a cave. Expecting God to show Himself in loud and magnificent ways, Elijah was offered instead the still, small whisper of God. Psalm 46:10 reads, “Be still and know that I am God.” The truth is, things are born in quiet that cannot be heard in the din of our overly verbal days.2

Consider your day. Is it full of noise? Do radio, TV, Internet, iPods and other fillers clutter your mind with excess noise? Even good things can become clutter if they distract us from times of quiet.

Today, I challenge you to “unplug. Leave the cell phone and iPod at home and take a walk. Resist the temptation to speak. Walk in silence and ask God to speak to you. Become aware of the small joys you may have forgotten, like the sound of children playing in the distance, the sound of a bird or squirrel chattering in a tree, or even listen to your own heartbeat.

Silence can be deafening. It can be threatening or even terrifying. But it can also be healing, purifying, life-giving and restorative.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Christy (Gilbert) Laster permalink
    February 25, 2010 5:35 pm

    wow, brian. that’s good stuff! thanks for sharing. 😉

  2. Jody Steward permalink
    February 25, 2010 6:16 pm

    So, let me get this right. You decided to spend time typing this up instead of unplugging? Did you have iTunes on and the TV on CSPAN 3 with the Health Care debates while checking facebook and email on your phone? I don’t even know what this blog post is about. I was reading it and then I lost track and thought I was reading chinese or something. Unplug? What does that even mean?

    I gotta go. I have a scheduled 1:23 PM-1:28 PM Zen Technology Summit to attend. 🙂

  3. Brian's Thoughts permalink
    February 25, 2010 6:18 pm

    I had the same thought Jody! While I was writing it I thought “maybe I should be quiet for a little while and turn this off!”

    By the way thanks for calling me back!

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