Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvations, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.
I have been told how loud I can be my whole life. I love to laugh loud, sing loud, and enjoy life loud. My mouth has gotten me in more trouble than any other thing in my life. I can remember my Mimi, telling me, don’t play the piano quiet so loud, God can hear you just fine. I still struggle with this in my life, but I am learning to be quiet more. I have learned how to sometimes just listen. My back porch in the morning can be one of the quietest places I know, and I love to sit and watch the sun come up and hear the buzz of the hummingbirds.
It’s a good thing to sometimes just be quiet and listen.
God loves it when his children wait on him and in that waiting free themselves from all other distractions. It’s like playing hide and seek, and you go hide and you almost want to hold your breath because you want to be as quiet as possible. We need times just like that to enter God’s presence and allow him to be able to comfort us. God is the ultimate rock and sure foundation and as his word says, “Nothing can separate you from that.” You realize this when you quiet yourself.
I have been learning in these days of social distancing that these quiet times help me trust the Lord more. I think it’s because without all the noise in my life, I know he is near. When God is near, a few things happen. Your thoughts automatically begin to praise him, and he becomes a safe refuge for you. I need that safe place in my life many times and I am glad to find it.
So when was the last time, you just put down your phone, walked outside and listened? For me it has been something I have to make myself do, but I know I am better for it when I do. I come away with the sense that God is really in control and I can trust him!
I am the Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church, Statesboro Georgia.