A Glory Seed Devotional
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. (Psalms 62:5-8 ESV)
This morning as I walked from the bedroom into the living I was greeted with complete silence. The window fans were silent. The traffic outside was silent. And then within seconds with a passing car the silence fell dead at my feet and suddenly my day came to life. In those few seconds I was alone with God and in those few seconds I felt alive in way I do not feel alive right now. If I didn’t know, better during my short time in the world of silence I was in another world, a world far removed from the normal sounds of cars, trucks, sirens, horns blasting, tires squealing.
Every day I, thank God for the gift of hearing because I know many people do not have that gift and because of the gift of hearing the gift of silence is so precious and powerful. For some the gift of silence is something to be dreaded somewhere in our CD library is a soundtrack of New York City traffic noise.
It wasn’t too long ago when it got to quiet for me I would start talking to myself or (trying to) sing just to make some noise. During those times, I was afraid to be alone with God. Why was I afraid to be alone with God? I was afraid of being judged for all my sinful past so as long as I was making noise God couldn’t get a word in. WOW! Was I ever wrong! Instead of being judged by God, I was judging God! And when you judge God, God falls silent. Silence may be golden but when God gets silent all hell breaks loose. But, when we fall silent when we embrace fleeting moments when the world falls silent all heaven breaks loose and all hell falls silent!
I remember on one of our vacations to the Smoky Mountains of walking out of our cabin into the silence of the morning. We were high enough so we were actually in the mountain mist and in the silence, I could feel God’s presence then suddenly it was as if nature came alive and the birds started singing and believe it or not it was still silent. I long for the day when that will be an everyday activity for my wife and myself. But until then I will cherish moments when the world falls silent and the silence is broken by God’s presence. (Will we miss traffic noise? If we do, we still have the NYC CD.)
Grace and PEACE!
Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God,
that you believe in him whom he has sent.” (John 6:29 ESV)
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