Peace be still…
And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39
I have a very had time spending “quiet” time alone. I love spending time alone, but it’s usually not very quiet. I’m running errands, doing chores, listening to music, or on the computer! So, I am working on spending time doing nothing, no music or TV, no computer and you know, that time has been some of the best time. It’s difficult the first five or ten minutes but once I get used to it, it’s great.
My mind starts to relax, I feel my thoughts start to slip away, and my brain starts to empty itself of all the trivial and unimportant stuff. The more important things start to become more prominent in my thoughts. It’s kind of like a computer running 30 programs at once, overwhelming! The computer runs slowly and ineffectively and sometimes will crash or freeze up. But once I shut down all those programs that really aren’t useful at the moment, the more important things are given more space and time in my mind. I really enjoy how it feels to slow down and think in a much more relaxed way.
In this noisy, restless, bewildering time, there is a great need for quietness of spirit. Even in my conversations with God I’m so busy presenting my problems, asking for help, or seeking relief that I leave no moments of silence to listen to God’s answers.
A nice comfortable, quiet place is within reach for us all. We can find such a place!
So, this question is, what do we do with that space? Do we fill it with noise or just turn around and leave. If we do so, we’re missing one of the most important gifts we have—a quiet place where we can spend some quiet time, renew our energy and vitality, and commune with God. Where we can submerge our spirits beneath the turbulent surface waves of this crazy, busy life and reach that part of ourselves where all is still, where no storms can reach us.
It’s hard to be open and honest when we are competing to think over the noise and distractions. I find that there’s no need to, as long as we are willing to take, or “make” the time to spend in quiet, peaceful reflection.
How often do you spend quiet time alone?
A Christmas wish for you all;
Let there be merry memories that last beyond the holiday season.
Let there be happy times with family and friends and smiles that you’ll remember.
Let there be warmth that fills your home and your heart and every hug.
Let there be peace that comes from knowing just how much God loves you.
Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year,