“He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with His singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV
It was in the silence and the hush that I was able to hear God. He whispered to me through the wind in the trees. He called my name. My heart and soul were opened to a new life of experiences waiting for me. When the doors were first opened for me to attend a silent retreat, I had only one concern, “Exactly what did they mean by silent?” Surely they didn’t mean all day and night. When I posed this question, I found that was exactly what was meant, even during meals. I’m friendly, I like to talk. It doesn’t really matter who you are. I’ll talk to anyone or anything who will listen, and in most cases, they don’t have to listen, just nod occasionally.
I felt the tug on my heart strings as I put my fears behind me and dropped the registration form in the mailbox. I “practiced” silence and turned off the radio in the car, and then the TV during the day. I have never been an avid TV watcher, but I did enjoy the “View” and “General Hospital” on occasion.
Before I knew it, silence was my haven. I craved the peace that came from the elimination of those “barking dogs”. You know the sounds of every day life that drown out all the important sounds, the little signals of God as He tries to speak to you. I embarked on the journey of “being” only with my Father.
To sit, listen, and breathe were my only requirements. Not with my pen and notebook in hand but with gracious peace and joy in my soul. I became one with God. I truly learned that weekend what Zephaniah meant when he said, “He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17) I could feel God’s quiet love as it surrounded me, and feel Him as He rejoiced with me in my “being”. This quiet silence was a gift from God, and I accepted it with open arms as I sat still and felt His love. Would you like to join me in the silence? It’s quite nice here.
Points to Ponder
1. Is the silence comforting? How deeply are you willing to examine yourself to see the quiet side of you? How could you start in a small way?
2. When have you felt God’s love? Describe to yourself what that experience was like? Did you become quiet?
3. Why did He choose you to love and still your heart? How did this understanding of God’s love make you feel?
Pray with Me
Dear Lord of the silence, I know You are here loving me as I sit in the stillness. In the quiet I feel your presence and know you are waiting for me to listen and just be. Guide me to open my heart, so I may hear the soft words of love that you are whispering in my ear.
Sitting and waiting on You