1Ki 19:12 –“And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire (a sound of gentle stillness and) a still, small voice.”
There is something very beautiful about silence, the quiet. Silence is as a hidden treasure, difficult to find and difficult to keep. Silence is golden. Our world, our lives are inundated with noise, demands, distractions, and busyness.
In Matt. 11:28, Jesus calls us to: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. (I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls).”
What happened to the days when we would wait quietly in the presence of the Lord; we would be still, waiting for Him to come? As we waited, we could sense stillness in the air; everything would be still, you could almost sense Him approaching, quietly tiptoeing to us; it was so still and quiet you could hear a pin drop. The Lord’s presence would be thick and reverence and awe would fill the room.
We are so used to the fire and the wind; it seems as if we are missing the best part, the beauty of quietness in His presence among us.
Why are we so uncomfortable when things get quiet? God will not always rush in as if He is in a hurry to come and leave. Sometimes He wants us to be still; in that stillness He is preparing us to meet with Him; our minds and souls need to come to a quiet place of rest. The Holy Spirit is gentle; He moves over and around us in a gentle, ministering way.
In this time of quiet, the Lord wants to speak with us, Spirit to spirit, Heart to heart on a deeper level. In the quiet, we hear His voice clearly; see things more clearly as He washes our cares away.
We may not have a place we can just go to in our homes to have that special time with the Lord, but when we ask Him to give us slots of time with Him, to make a way, we need to take advantage of it.
The song “Precious and Few are the Moments We Two Can Share” is so true. It’s not always about the amount of time we may have but the quality of time we spend with Him.
“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed and made appointment with them.” (Matt. 28:16)
Let’s seize every opportunity He gives us to meet with Him. He makes appointments with us, will we keep them?