We live in a noisy world, don’t we? Everywhere we go, we hear people and things making noise. Some people actually enjoy the noise, and as soon as it gets quiet they turn on the TV. When they’re in the car they turn on the radio or a CD. Why are we afraid of the quiet? Are we afraid we’ll have time to think about things that trouble us?
I would probably be considered a loner. I cherish the quiet. The 18th century is generally known as the quietist period in Quaker history. Quietism, which is not unique to Quakerism but which had widespread influence among both Catholics and Protestants at the time, emphasized the quieting of creaturely activities so that in the "silence of all flesh" God could be heard. I believe the Lord draws near to such a soul, and communicates inwardly to it. He fills it with Himself because it is empty; clothes it with His light and love, because it is naked; lifts it up, because it is low; and unites it with Himself.
I love to be quiet! To sit in complete aloneness with God, to ponder how beautiful His face is--to allow the stress of life to blow away and His presence to fill my desperate soul. To sit by the water and ponder the mysteries of life, and to speak to Jesus as a close friend.
We will never hear God if we can't be quiet and embrace the tranquility found in aloneness. We are really not alone, only separated from the things of the world to be that listening companion of our dearest and closest friend--Jesus.
Do we really need to talk on our cell phones all the time, play with our gadgets, submerging ourselves in the busyness of life, or can we take a break from it all and finally be quiet so God can speak and we can hear?
Lord, I want hear you! Help me be quiet and embrace the tranquility found in aloneness with you. Silence the noise of the world and let me tune into you.
Be still, and know that I am God! (Psalms 46:10)
-- Steve Porter