Stillness

Be still, and know that I am God. {Psalm 46:10}


There are days when I have absolutely nothing to write about. Such as now. Outside, there’s been a steady, peaceful shower of rain all day. It’s been quiet – and it’s been good.

And yes, there is a time to write. To speak, to give your opinion, to offer encouragement. There is a time and place for your words. But there is also a time to be silent. To listen. You’re not always supposed to speak up – maybe it’s not the time for a response.

Darling, sometimes you’re called to listen.

Listen to the group of girls around you discussing the Bible study. Soak it in. Learn. Listen to the rain as it steadily pours outside, close your eyes at night and hear it creating a symphony on the roof. Listen to your friend as she pours out her soul, her hurt. Wait during the gasps for air. Then, may you comfort.

Quietness is not a bad thing.

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. {Ecclesiastes 3:1-7}

He calls us to be still, to spend time with Him. It’s what we need. But sometimes we’re scared to be quiet. To be still. For it’s in the stillness when our worries catch up with us. If we stay busy, we can avoid confronting the ache in our souls. We stifle the screams of our needs and go about our day. If we stand still, even for a moment, the feelings catch us. To put it simply, we are afraid to feel.

But, as my friend Mary said:

“Busyness kills intimacy.”

Child of God, remind yourself to breathe.

It’s in the quiet corners of your room, listening to His voice, that your soul is truly filled. You cannot know Him without sitting in His presence. You cannot speak His truth without soaking in His glory. Do not be afraid of stillness. Do not be afraid of honesty.

On those days when I write a post, I’m reminded that to write words of encouragement, I must go to the Author of love. When we are filled with Him, then we may pour into others.

Let us acknowledge the Lord. Let us press on to know the Lord. As surely as the sun rises, the Lord will appear. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain that waters the earth. {Hosea 6:3}

Do not be afraid of quietness – for in the stillness, our souls are filled.

Much love,

Jessi

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