Just Be.

 “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.”
Matthew 6:5 (The Message)
 Recently, I’ve found myself longing for quiet.  A place to sit, rest, and be.  The problem is, a majority of the day is filled with some type of noisepeople, cell phones, music, TV, email, facebook, twitter, blogs–for me finding quiet is a challenge. It doesn’t help that I’m not exactly eager to tune out all the surrounding noise.
Even when my heart longs for quiet, I find it hard to turn that longing into a reality.  Tuning out everything else is SO hard for me.  Plus, I can’t say that I’m always excited to be alone with my thoughts. 
Last week, I was driving home from work at the end of a long day and decided I would turn the radio off and just sit.  I’ll be honest, the first few minute were rough, I even resorted to turning it back on and making some phone calls, so I no longer had to be quiet.  I was shocked that I couldn’t even last thirty minutes.  Eventually I made it about 15 minutes and I can’t say anything life changing happened, but I left the car with a clearer mind; one that was beginning to rest. 
I also noticed that as the silence continued, slowly my mind shifted from only thinking about myself, to thinking and praying to God.  I’ll be honest, it had been quite a while since I’ve prayed to the Lord in silence.
In the verse above, Jesus says, “find a quiet place and just be…as simply and honestly as you can manage.  The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.”     
When was the last time you allowed yourself some time to sit in quiet?  Believe me, it’s not an easy thing, but my challenge is for all of us to take even ten minutesin the car, on a walk, in the morning, right before bedto sit in a quiet place and simply be.  
“He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
 he restores my soul.”
Psalm 23:2

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