Silence That Speaks

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I am a people person, loud as can be and very noisy. Sometimes my daughter gives me the ‘mother’s look’ because of my playfulness and loud off key singing. To some level she appears more calm and collected than I, though once in a while she pulls off my character, a way of God reminding me that she is my blood, no matter her personality. My close friends would tell you that I also don’t like being idle, I always want to be involved with as many activities as possible. For a long time I have been having to-do-lists even as a stay home wife.  I believe that there’s always something to be done. I was raised up believing that sitting down to take a rest is a sign of laziness. When I go quite, the people around me are always asking if I am okay. Enough about me, let’s talk about you.

What is your personality? Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Maybe you should do a personality test and find out more about yourself. Some people love being around people, while some prefer being alone. In life, circumstances force us to be alone at times whether we want it or not, they also force us to be around people. I have come to learn that being alone does not necessarily mean that one is lonely. In fact we should not only be alone when circumstances force us but we should intentionally make time to be alone. The times I have purposed to drop all activity and get refreshed by spending some alone time with God.

There’s a lot to be done in church, and we may find ourselves busy all the days of the week, trying to making sure that everything is done in good time. There’s also a lot to be done at home, life can be busy for everyone, so busy that it loses its meaning. We all need the refreshing of the Holy Spirit, and many times it takes dropping all activities, separating ourselves and spending time with God. When it comes to taking some time off to reflect we cannot blame our personalities, as extrovert as you can be, you need to isolate yourself often to reflect on your life and seek God’s direction. As introvert as can be, you need to intentionally set time aside to seek your father’s face. Get rid of every distraction and step away from the noise into a silence that speaks.

God spoke to so many people in the Bible when they were alone, for example, in 1 Kings 19:9-12, Elijah went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him in a gentle whisper. Even Jesus had a lot to do, He had a busy schedule and many teachings to deliver. But often in the Bible we see him isolating himself to seek His father’s face.  “Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them.” (Luke 6:12-13) Solitude was something Jesus did consistently. He did this as God’s only son, how much more should we emulate this character as children of God?   

For spiritual growth, solitude is one of the most important disciplines, so take some time off and focus on yourself. Take sometimes off and pray. Take some time off and reflect. Be intentional about being alone. You will be alone, but not alone, in the silence, God speaks.

Selah

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