Silence and SolitudeThursday, March 20, 2014
In my Bible study on Tuesday, our speaker encouraged us to practice the spiritual discipline of Solitude and Silence. What does that mean? Simply put, it means to choose a time and a place when there are no distractions and intentionally focus on God. God is always there, waiting for us. It is we who are not always receptive to Him.
Years ago, I used to have what many call “quiet time” early in the morning before the kids were awake. But now, especially this week, I’m discovering that just after my husband goes to work is the best time for me. Some people choose their lunch break at work, or before they go to bed at night. Each one of us is different, as God has uniquely made us. So the time in our day that works the best for this will also be different. What is most important is not the time of day, but rather, the desire and discipline to seek Him.
Following the time of reading, I sit quietly. This can be challenging for many people who are used to noise all around them. But removing the distractions such as the radio, computer or TV is important. In the silence, our brains will definitely switch on and thoughts about our day or things we need to do will sneak in. But, I am learning to push those away during these minutes and remain focused on God, simply listening with my heart, relaxing and breathing. Then, to close this time of quiet and solitude, I pray whatever comes to mind.
As I’ve been focusing on this practice this week, I’m discovering a beautiful, peaceful time with Him. What I have “heard” is simply the soothing sound of being with Him. I feel calmer, clearer and more connected with the Lord and I can sense that through this discipline, our relationship is being nourished. I feel growth within me and the blessing of a deepening relationship that is bringing comfort and peace.