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Just Be Quiet

Exodus 14:14 – “The Lord will fight for you; you must be quiet.” (HCSB)

sleeping-girl When our son was about two and a half, my husband and I decided to take a family vacation to Florida. We talked it over and came up with the perfect plan — we would begin our journey at our son’s bedtime.  Being a small child plus riding in the car plus being sleepy was certain to equal a quiet trip to Florida, and because it would be so quiet in the car, I planned to nap while my husband drove and be fresh to drive while he napped later on.  It was a well thought out plan, a wonderful plan, a perfect plan ….. on paper!   We failed to account for the excitement of a two and a half year old little boy!  From the time we buckled him into his car seat in Roanoke, Virginia until we unbuckled him in Orlando, Florida, he talked. He talked about everything.  He talked about nothing.  He talked to fill the silence. He talked the entire trip.  Those were the days before in car movies, so it was up to mom to come up with games

“Let’s play the Quiet Game”

“Okay, I lose”

“Let’s look at the road signs and find the letters to spell your name”

“I don’t see any signs or letters”

Quite honestly, I think my husband and I were willing to do most anything if he would just be quiet. We were beyond the wanting quiet for all night.  We were beyond wanting quiet for hours.  We were praying for quiet minutes, maybe even seconds!  I was telling that now funny story to my friend over coffee, when it occurred to me that the way my husband and I felt that night must be how God feels when we chatter and prattle on in our prayers.  We talk about everything. We talk about nothing. We talk just to fill the silence.  We talk our entire prayer time.  We try to play the Quiet Game but our actions say “okay, I lose” because being quiet is too difficult. Is there any surprise that God says “be still” (Psalm 46:10)?  What about when He says, “just be quiet”?  We may even admit that it’s God’s turn to speak, but we want the burning bush, the booming voice, the angel choir.  We ask for a sign but quickly declare, “I don’t see any signs or letters” if the sign is not our name with a neon flashing arrow pointing out the path.  We are on a journey in this life, and we know that for God’s children, a wonderful, exciting place is waiting.  We have so much to say to God as we travel along, but we need to have times of quiet and rest.  God, I know that You don’t need for me to be quiet so that You can rest, but I need to be quiet so that I can rest in You.  Help me to keep Exodus 14:14 always in mind.

Before the Busyness

Psalm 104:1-3 –  Praise the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. He wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.

Habakkuk 2:20 – The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.

When I awaken this morning, the world is still dark, and the only sound is the early morning song of the waves crashing to the shore. They sound so loud, but I think that’s because they aren’t yet competing with the hustle and bustle of people busy relaxing on vacation. I decide to get out of bed and have my quiet time while the ocean and I are the only ones up and moving.  As I sit with my Bible and my cup of coffee, I open the balcony door to bring the sound I love so much just a little bit closer. Thank You, Lord for Your wondrous creation and for vacations so I can enjoy it!!  The opportunity to have my coffee and my prayer time on the beach is just too precious to pass up so …….. to the sand I go. But, as I ‘m walking and silently singing glory to Your name, I see the sun start to rise. Pink rays are filling the sky with light. When I was a beachsunrisechild, I thought that was You looking at Your creation. As an adult, I’m not sure that thought was incorrect. Verse 3 of Psalm 104 says that You lay the beams of Your upper chambers on the waters, and that’s what I am witness to this morning.  So often my prayer time is a time of me doing all the talking, but I know that this is more of a Psalm 46:10 moment — “be still and know that I am God”.  As I stop and watch pink rays become blue sky, I am overcome with Your presence and stand amazed.  Habakkuk 2:20 comes to my mind.  Lord, please help me to avoid all the busyness and noise that I allow to overtake Your calm and quiet voice.  Help me to be still and stand silent before You.