A friend posed the question:
"How could you make more room in your life for silence in order to listen to God? "
My initial reply was to have less commitments, which allows more time to find the silence.
Years ago my husband and two of our besties drove up to a high point in Big Sky Montana.
Upon our arrival we set up our beach chairs to have a good look.
What I saw up there was the most beautiful view I think I have seen ....
it took my breath away.
I had just lost my Dad two weeks prior, and oh how I wanted to call him to share
what I was seeing.
I realized as I sat there that, the beauty created the silence..
For as far as I could see, there was beauty,
and nothing to hear but silence.
In that silence, I heard God's whisper, I felt His presence.
I find silence mostly in nature, mountains, beach, river or lakes.
Nature is all I hear, nature, it's the whisper of our Creator.
In life, noise is pretty much a constant.
Cell phones, television, kids, traffic, music, not
to mention all the clutter in our heads.
So much competing with God's gentle whispers.
I have a desire to hear God's voice, and I find I have to seek it out...the silence that is.
In the absence of noise I more easily find and hear God.
Silence is a great tool for growing in oneness with God.
Jesus went away to be alone when he prayed, to the silence to better hear his Father's voice.
I embrace silence as if it were a long lost friend, a friend I can't wait to be alone with,
just me and silence.
For me it's an essential component of my spiritual life, in my efforts to grow in His likeness.
I try and start every morning in the silence with God.
Before the cartoons, before the news, before any electronic device.
So much peace comes from sitting in silence.
I often think of running away to it!
A weekend of silence, ahh, now that would be priceless.....
In that silence,
asking for guidance over my day, my words and my activities.
Amazing things happen in silence.
Have you found yours?
I encourage you to seek it out.
"Be still, and know that I am God..."
The many benefits of silence, it's what echos from my heart today......