Saturday, July 26, 2008

being quiet

I tend to want my mind filled with something, whether it's reading Scripture, reading a good book, listening to good and especially spiritually edifying music, catching some NPR, listening to a good lecture or message, ...whatever.

Sometimes I rush from one "noise" to another, with just some praying in between and throughout, but no silence to speak of. Not so until I get to work and with the ear plugs drowning out the worst of the ongoing droning of the large vacuum system and clicking of the machines, in between visiting, I rather silently meditate on a passage in Scripture.

Lately it seems the Lord has been impressing on me the need to be sure to spend some quiet before him. Yes, after reading Scripture and praying, but just to be still before him. And sometimes to remain in that stillness. To leave the radio off, with just that sense of needing to commune with God. And being refreshed afterwards because of that.

I'm still learning. But I think the Lord wants more of this from me. I sense that at times I just need to quit reading, praying or doing anything else, and just seek to be still in God's presence. And ready to hear his voice, or just be present before him.

What have you found in your own life about being quiet before God? Or what thoughts would you like to add here?

3 comments:

NaNcY said...

what are the machines doing?
do you work with the machines?

i think that it would be great to take some time to be quiet with God.

Ted M. Gossard said...

I catch "Our Daily Breads" and other publications, most all of RBC Ministries materials, off the end of the machines. I do work on machines in a limited sense as a "packaging specialist", but am not a machine operator.

I think in my case it's not only great, as to the time I'm thinking of recently, but needful. And I think it continues to be needful for me. Though actually the noise I have on from music, radio, etc., is much less than it used to be.

NaNcY said...

what do you do with them after you catch them...i suppose that they go into packges of all sorts and into envelopes at some stage.

are you saying that you have time to think durring this time of catching?