Something that I find hard to do (and I know I’m not alone in this), is to be still. To be able to just sit or stand and listen, listen to the noises around me; traffic in the distance, birds in the tree outside the window, the sound of my breathing, even my heartbeat, is a wonderful thing to do now and again. One of my favourite quotes from the Bible is from Psalm 46 where the LORD speaks and says:
Be still and know that I am God.
It seems that in all our rushing around and in all our busyness we can miss something that is very important – connecting with God and hearing his ‘still, small voice’. God taught this lesson to Elijah a long time ago and to this day His voice to us is often no more than a ‘gentle whisper’:
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains 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)
If I am reading the Bible and am surrounded by noise and busyness then it is a lot harder to hear God ‘speak’ through the words I am reading. Similarly, in the place of prayer, how much do I rattle on to God about this and that, say ‘Amen’ and then jump back into hectic hurry once more? It is important to be still, to listen, to connect with God, to receive His word, blessing and strength for that which lies ahead.
Stillness is good.
Photo notes: Kinsale Harbour on the morning of the 29th November. Nikon D7000, Nikkor 35mm f1.8. (ISO 400, f11, 1/350 sec) out of camera jpeg with no post processing, (part of my ‘one camera, one lens, one year’ project).