In the Silence

I read in a book “The spirit thrives on silence, stillness, solitude and the scriptures.”  But the flesh thrives on noise, activity, competition and busyness.”   Jentzen Franklin

This was an interesting concept. It  does not make sense.  Especially, in light of how we go about our busy days.  This quote ministered to me,  I remember the time when my days were full of tasks, chores, countless meetings and pending assignments.  It was like a See-Saw.  I was up  and down. Moving but I was not  accomplishing anything!.  I was thinking when is this going to end.  When will I have time for the things of God.   But this quote truly ministered to me!  We are all on a path to know God.  This path requires a lot of prayer, patience and resilence.  We will see and experience alot on this path to know Him..  As we grow closer to God and the things of God, our soul will long for silence and solitude.  I remember a song that an old mother would sing, it says,  “Blessed Quietness Holy Quietness, what assurance in my soul, on the storming sea, Jesus speaks to me and the billows cease to roll.”  The storms of life are raging.   The noise that we experience everyday on our jobs interacting with  coworkers, the unbearable sound of our children, neighbors or even the TV! We need to steal away to Jesus! He wants to talk to us and all we have to do is listen.  Don’t be afraid of the silence or the quiet! It is what God has ordained for us! Do you remember when our parents or teachers wanted to punish us, and they told us to sit in the corner! They punished us by making us sit quietly and they refused to let us talk or interact with the other children!  Sometimes we don’t want to be alone or sit with God because silence has always been associated with  negative experiences.  Personally, I feel that talking is so overrated.   When God doesn’t answer our prayer we become frustrated and anxious!  We began to rely on others for the solutions to our problems. We desire to have that familar interaction with our friends and loved ones.  Ecclesiates speaks about “A time to keep silent”.  All of your answers are awaiting in God’s presence! When we pray it is hard for some of us to sit in the presence of the Lord in silence.   Today let’s invite God into our prayer closets, living rooms, offices and even our cars!  Let’s turn off everything!  I promise you, all the answers will be found when we steal away! God does not text and He does not send Podcasts.. so we have to  search for God.  “Be silent, O all flesh before the Lord! (Zec 2:13).  God is waiting for us in the silence and the stillness of our hearts!  Our flesh does not enjoy silence but our spirit yearn for it! So I challenge you to turn off the radio, unplug your iPod, take a sabbatical from Facebook and Twitter, turn off the Blackberrys and the iPhones.  And just seek the Lord while He may be found!  Job said, “I stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof, an image was before my eyes, there was silence and I heard a voice”…. Remember silence is golden.  Be Blessed..