The last night on our two-week trip, we stayed at an RV campground with cable TV. For the first time in two weeks, TV news and other programming was invading my Cocoon of Silence. The Cocoon where You and I had spent so many precous and peaceful hours together, Lord.
Noise Pollution. Is it just one of the many factors that hinder my (our?) ability to hear Your Voice, Lord? Or is it near — or at — the top of the list?
You know all about Noise… don’t You, Lord? About Your need to “get away” from the press of the world to connect with Abba? Your Word is filled with testimonies of the choices You made to ensure You would find the silent, solitary places where You could hear His still, small Voice.
Like in the wake of feeding 5,000 men, plus women and children… maybe 10,000+ people???
“Afrer leaving them, He went up on a moutainside [alone] to pray.” (Mark 6:46)
Or on the eve of Your sacrifice on the Cross.
“They went to a place called Gesthemane, and Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ He began to be deeply distressed and troubled… Going a little farther [alone], He fell to the ground and prayed…” (Mark 14:32,33b,35)
You’re showing me another important Truth… aren’t You, Lord? As I “reenter” the world after those two weeks of silence, I must choose well… to find those “alone” places that only You can fill.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23)
To guard my heart, I must also guard my ears. What will I let in, to shape my thoughts… and, therefore, my life?
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
What are the silent, solitary places where I will hear Your still, small Voice?
“The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by. Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountain apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper…” (1 Kings 19:11-12)
Will I diligently seek those solitary places… so I can hear Your gentle whisper all the more?
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)
Treasuring the Silence, eager to meet with You there…