TWO bits of wisdom given to me today… yes, another GC……
BE QUIET AND DO NOTHING! My tendency is STILL – after all this time, after all God’s been teaching me – to WORK, to DO, to FIX, to FIGURE OUT, to PLAN, etc. I thought I was doing better, but I find myself slipping back into being a Martha, rather than a Mary and God is telling me to STOP! WAIT! LISTEN! Bask in His Presence. Drink of His Living Water. Eat of His Daily Bread. Feel His Love. Take of His Strength. Stop striving. Just BE!
On this day of your life, Chrystal, we believe God wants you to know … that when you are at a loss of what to do, do nothing.Doing nothing can be very wise. When you pause doing things, you become more aware of God’s presence, and often an unexpected solution to your question will arise.
And from my email devotional…
The Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him.
Think about all the noise that is around you whether you want it or not. All day long you experience noise: commuting noise, human noise, media noise, advertising noise, disaster noise, advice noise, shopping noise, reality-TV noise—so much clatter that it even forces the noise level to rise in order to hear or be heard.
Yet, an essential ingredient of connecting with God and growing spiritually is pursuing quiet. It’s that simple…and in a world inherently noisy, it’s that complex too. Fortunately, pursuing quiet doesn’t mean you have to become a monk and stay mute for a year. You don’t have to enclose your house in insulating bubble wrap. You don’t even have to burn your rock ‘n’ roll CDs on your front lawn or destroy your TV. Instead, just allow yourself to be quiet. Consciously choose no noise. Clear out the noise of worry. Turn off the clamor of consumption. Silence the noise of procrastination. Quiet your life in small ways. Doable. Practical. Attainable. Even undersized times of quiet will add up and bring big rewards.
What happens when we’re quiet? We are more apt to hear the voice of God, for God often speaks through silence. Maybe in a time of silence, a name comes to mind, and we know we need to go to that person and reconcile a hurt. Or perhaps in the quiet, a specific situation—one that requires confession—suggests itself. When there is silence, we may even hear the voice of God saying, “I love you” through His creation.
God is not distant. He wants to connect with you. You just need to find quiet in order to hear Him in the whispers of life. You can do it, right now, this moment. I know you can! Take five minutes and stop the noise. Don’t go on to another task. Just turn off the noise and consciously be quiet. Deliberately focus your thoughts away from the distractions of the day and move them toward God.
When the noise is gone, be prepared to connect with God!