“Quietness is the classroom where you learn to hear My voice.”
This was a quote in my Jesus Calling* devotional for this morning. And because I usually need a visual reminder, this morning was unusually still and quiet as the fog settled over our home.
I see you, God.
There is such beauty when the world is still and silent in the morning. It’s peaceful.
So, why do I see the still and quiet places in my life as unfulfilled, empty or maybe even boring? Why do I feel like I need to be constantly moving forward (even when I’m stumbling), fill the silence with the noise of the world and refuse to sit down and breathe? The world doesn’t need me to keep it spinning around. The world also doesn’t need another voice shouting out opinions and facts (no matter how much I think “I’m right”).
The truth is, getting still and being quiet are incredibly hard for me because I am not in control. I don’t feel productive or useful if I’m not doing or serving. In such a loud and fast-paced world, it is uncomfortable to be still and quiet.
But in the quiet is where I can hear God’s voice calling me, whispering truths about who He is and who He has made me to be. It’s in those quiet places where my peace is restored and I find joy and hope. The stillness allows me to feel God’s presence in my life. He is always right here with me.
And He is always with you too.
“You will call to me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. I will be found by you.”
Jeremiah 29:12-14a CSB
*Young, S., 2004. Jesus calling. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, p.Page 317.