Contentment in the Stillness
On a recent road trip with Jeff, I was struck by the silence in the car. Surprisingly, my heart began to smile at the joy I felt just being together. In the past when I saw an older couple sitting across from each other at a restaurant in silence, I thought “How sad. I hope Jeff and I are never like that.” As I matured, I realized what a treasure such couples share. They don’t feel pressured to talk or to impress; they are merely content to be together. How beautiful!
God has been convicting me recently of how little time I spend in stillness with him. I rush through my quiet time in order to move on to the next task on my to-do list. If I treated my time with Jeff like a spot on my daily check-list, our relationship would quickly deteriorate, yet this is exactly how I treat God. Today I began a new plan to implement solitude throughout my day. I want to spend quiet times alone with my Savior. For some reason, the silence is currently uncomfortable. I am told the more time I spend with the Father, the more comfortable I will be in the quiet. I suppose the same has been true in my relationship with Jeff.
So today I start with just two minutes of silence twice a day. As the days pass, I will increase the time. I hope to learn what it means to “be still and know He is God.” I am using the book by Peter Scazzero as a guide to help me to be intentional to practice the discipline of solitude. As the days progress, I will give you an update on how I am doing (and hopefully what God is teaching me).
I am curious, how do you carve out time for solitude in a world of busyness?
I too became aware of the power of stillness before the father a few years ago. I started by sitting a timer because the time seemed to drag. It no longer drags! Hang in there. Just because you sit silently doesn’t always mean the father will remain silent.
Thank you for your words of encouragement. I also set a timer, and I look forward to the day when the time doesn’t drag. LOL