Do you know what sounds we humans hate to hear more than any other sound?
Why is that? Don’t we like to have peace and quiet in our lives? Actually, not really. You see, silence is not actually the absence of sound. Because to us humans, when it is silent, we are forced to be alone with ourselves. When we are forced to be alone with ourselves, then we certainly must begin to get introspective. We start to think about ourselves and our lives.
How are we living? What are we thinking about? How do we measure up to other people? Are we letting ourselves or anyone else down? Why did I raise my voice to my spouse or my children? What am I upset at? What do I fear the most? Is my relationship with God as strong as it should be? Do I pray enough? do I pray at all? When I pray, why doesn’t God answer my prayers all the time? Did I leave the iron on?
Introspection scares the pants off of us. When we are forced to begin to see ourselves without our masks on, we are forced to see ourselves for who we really are, warts and all, and we seldom like what we see. We are our own worst critics.
But you see, quiet time and silence does not have to be like that. Quiet time can also be time when, instead of reflecting on ourselves, we can instead focus and meditate on God!! Give God some of your quiet time and God will in return give you His peace, His love, His joy, His acceptance of you, and His protection.
It does not always have to be just about ourselves. When we put God first, we lose things! Things like depression, sorrow, hatred, jealousy, bitterness, anger, resentment, selfishness, and heartache.
Here is my suggestion to you and trust me that this works every time:
- Get really quiet in a totally dark room
- Put your Bible in your lap and keep it totally closed
- Put your hands on the top of your Bible
- Close your eyes
- Tell God all about your day, how you feel, whats bothering you, who you love, who you feel sorry for and wish to help, and then thank God for your life.
- To finish, notice that in that very moment all of the depression, sorrow, hatred, jealousy, bitterness, anger, resentment, selfishness, and heartache are gone, because while you were talking God took them from you!
I’ve gotta run. It’s way past my quiet time!
With love always,
Pastor Brad Komgenick