Silence and Rest…
It is something I have spent a lot of time recently thinking about because life can get very overwhelming at times.
One of the things that came to mind is the importance of silence in our lives. As a coach, I often encourage athletes to relax and take a few moments to quiet themselves and just focus on the upcoming game or event, sometimes encouraging them to separate themselves from others so that they can truly focus without distraction.
I have found that many times in life we tend to need moments like that as well; times where we just get away from the noise and focus. How many times have you found yourself longing to get away from all the distractions of life and just be alone with your thoughts? Maybe you have tried to separate yourself to accomplish a task with no interruptions…maybe you just wanted the peace and quiet that you can’t seem to get with the hustle and bustle going on around you.
Whatever it is, I believe it is a natural feeling to find solitude at times. God created this world and took a day to rest and enjoy what He had created…we need those times to get away and enjoy His creation as well.
I firmly believe that times of quiet are vital to our relationship with God. I don’t mean the “Quiet Times” that we were told about in Youth Group growing up, where you pull out a devotional in the middle of a busy restaurant or in the waiting room of the doctor’s office…I mean times where you actually pull away from everything and practice what Psalm 46:10 says…a time to “be still, and know that I am God.”
How do I know that these moments are important to us? Jesus even told his disciples to get away from all the distraction to reflect on what they had seen and experienced. Mark 6:30-32 gives us this insight that Jesus finally told his disciples to come away with him by themselves “to a quiet place and get some rest. (v. 31)”
Get away with God today…separate yourself from the paperwork, from the noise, from the errands and the running around. Hop in the car, turn down the radio, and drive to a spot that is secluded…remove yourself from the noise and find a quiet place to sit with your Bible and reflect on the good things that God has done. Get away with Jesus to a quiet place and get some rest.
You might be surprised at what you will hear when you take the time to be still and just know that He is God.