Saturday, August 23, 2008

In the Silent Moments

Years ago, when our kids were younger, yanno, preschoolers, people would laughingly ask what I did in my spare time. I knew exactly what they were talking about because spare time simply was not in my vocabulary. I'd laugh and tell them I folded laundry, and I could tell every woman who understood what I was talking about. (It was usually older couples that asked, and they were always very kind and enjoyed seeing our crew overflowing the shopping cart.) Even now that I've assigned the laundry detail to one of my daughters, I still enjoy the laundry. Why? Because I can often be quiet and even think while doing the laundry.

Now that my kids are older, one of the things I find myself doing is driving more. When you live 15 miles from town, you spend a lot of time behind the wheel, and I for one, love it. Why? Because I can often be quiet and enjoy the quietness. It's a momentary break in my daily life. Sometimes, as I drive, I'm able to do some good thinking. Sometimes, I'm praying. Sometimes, I'm crawling into God's throne room and merely leaning against His throne, much as a child does while listening to a story. As I lean there, I soak in the presence of God and let the praise seep into my weary soul and soothe me. During those times I'm not talking, I'm not praying, I'm just consciously being in God's presence.

Is there value in that? Yes. When I feel like I've been wrung dry, when I'm exhausted and my heart is too heavy to lift, I can lay there and let the praise swirl around me, lifting my heart for me.

There are times in our lives when it takes all we have to simply crawl into God's throne room, times when turning our face to the Sonshine requires all our concentration and efforts. God assures us that He will be there.

  • Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. ~James 4:8


  • But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
    ~Deuteronomy 4:29


  • Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. ~Matthew 7:7-8

Father, thank You for understanding that there are times when it's all I can do to crawl into Your presence, times when even turning my face to You takes all I have. Thank You understanding the mute sighing and groanings of my heart and for wrapping me in Your love, healing me as I lean against Your throne. My heart cries out with the angels, “Holy, Holy, Holy!”

7 comments:

  1. I was just expressing to God how grateful and amazed I am that all I have to do is talk w/Him or meditate about Him...and he supernaturally puts His peace in my heart and soul.
    My fave verse is Isaiah 26:3 ~ "You will keep in perfect peace all who trusts you and have their thoughts fixed on you."

    God bless you!

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  2. yes... I enjoy my time in the car too. I sing and pray and sometimes cry ..and listen to the quiet voice of my Lord.

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  3. Beautifully put - and SOOO true. I LOVE my car time (especially when the kids aren't with me ::wink::), and my early morning before the kids get up time. Wonderful, dear Patty.

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  4. Praying you get more and more of these quiet times and exactly when you need them, dear Peejers! Love you incredibly much!

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  5. The Scripture and prayer resound with me today. Thank you for sharing this.
    ~Sita~

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  6. moving devotional. Those verses are some of my favorite. God is so amazing.

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  7. You made a good point here. You can enter in to God's presence no matter where you are or what you are doing. In fact, I am going to go talk to my Heavenly Father right now and bask in His peace. Thank you for reminding me to stop and give Him time.

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