Quiet. It’s illusive. Absent, even, in today’s fast-paced, information-overloaded society. Not a minute goes by when we don’t have a cell phone ringing, a child needing something, a screen shining and demanding our attention, and more.
I noticed a woman as we drove down the street yesterday. She was walking hurriedly, cell phone in her right hand held at her ear, other hand and head flailing as she talked with fierce animation. No other people around, just this woman, obviously in a deep conversation or argument with someone on the other end of the line. Rarely now do we ever go anywhere without our phones. My thought as we drove past this woman was “How much more peaceful would this woman’s day be if she had just taken a walk without her phone?” What would life be like if we made an effort to put down the technology (blessed technology at times, I have seen God use technology for His glory) and focused on the moment, listened to the sounds of nature, took that walk in peace and quiet, or sat in stillness and just waited to hear His voice?
I happened upon the book, Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest, by Bonnie Gray, blogger at FaithBarista.com. The author encourages and prods her reader toward a focus on finding rest. She writes, “Rest, Jesus is whispering to you and to me. Come. Let me be with you. As is.” Gray’s book is a powerful message for our overwhelmed, over-stimulated, over-committed lives. We must learn to find rest.
One of my favorite Scripture verses is Psalm 46:10 (NKJV).
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
We need to be still. I’m growing more and more hungry for peace and quiet. I need time for my brain to process all that is thrown at me on any given day. It’s hard to step away from the busy demands and the needs around me, but I have to learn how to do it. I need it like I need AIR to breathe.Quiet is a relative term in my crazy household of 13 people. I need quiet like the air I breathe. Click To Tweet
Quiet is a relative term in my crazy household of 13 people. Soaking up the quiet is like inhaling slowly and deeply to have enough breath to step out and exhale for the next tasks that I must handle. I must repeat the process as often as I can to keep moving forward. My quiet time can be spent praying and journaling, writing, reading the Bible, surfing the internet, knitting/crocheting, or any other number of activities. These things feed my soul.
There are seasons in life when we just have precious few moments to rest in this kind of a quiet atmosphere. What do you do that feeds your soul? How do you get enough air to breathe?