This week I had some friends over to work on Homecoming mums. (Yes, it’s that time in Texas!) We got to talking about music, and one friend (who is on our church’s worship team) told me she loves to drive in silence. One of her kids asked why she didn’t listen to music in the car when she loves it so much. I couldn’t wait to hear her answer, because I feel the same way! (And feel a little guilty about it. After all, aren’t we supposed to have worship music on at all times?) Turns out, her reasons are the same as mine. She has a busy household, full of teenagers. Alone in the car is often her quiet space. YES, to that!
I love quiet spaces. My typical morning includes at least 30 minutes of quiet before everyone is up and moving. I use that time for my Bible reading and catching up on social media. (Sometimes I just sit and stare into space!!) When Hurricane Harvey came to visit, my routine went out the window. I was able to have quiet times, but I wasn’t always alone. So it wasn’t quite the same.
One of my friends who experienced the worst of Harvey’s devastation, swam away from her home to safety, leaving everything behind. Once settled, her friend let her use her Bible. She said, “I was so craving that time with His Word.”
And that’s the key.
I seek quiet in my physical world. That is not always going to happen. In fact, the noise isn’t always audible. What I really want (and need) is quietness in my soul. A quiet world does not equal a quiet soul. Only time alone with God can do that.Time in God's Word brings quietness to our souls.
Jesus knew this to be true. He prayed with the disciples all the time. But the Gospels are filled with examples of Jesus getting away to quiet places to be alone with His Father (Luke 5:16).
Early in the morning. (Mark 1:35)
In the evening (Matthew 14:23)
Late at night. (Mark 6:45-47)
Sometimes all night long. (Luke 6:12)
Jesus took every opportunity, no matter when it was, to pull away from the demands of a busy life of ministry.
A quiet soul grows from an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. As our relationship with Him deepens, we experience the peace He brings.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. (Psalm 23:2-3a)
I’ll tell ya, though, a few days away from it–and I crave it. But slipping back into it is not always so easy. Sometimes it feels like I’ve got wax in my ears. It takes a bit of work to clear it out so I can hear again. This is where worship helps me. The right music at the right time stirs and settles my soul. It prepares my heart to enjoy the quiet of being alone with God.
The book I want to share with you this week is A Place of Quiet Rest, written by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth.
Joni Eareckson Tada says the following in the Foreward:
A carefully structured quiet time with the Lord is good, but a growing life of devotion to the Savior is more–much more … A Place of Quiet Rest is anything but a mechanistic approach to cultivating a devotional life with the Lord Jesus … It is a book that will help you encounter God as you push past the regimen to the place where you can embrace the Savior in a natural–no, a supernatural way … You will have joy without a lot of parade and noise. Your soul will be serene, yet people all around you will feel the influence of God.
I read A Place of Quiet Rest one spring, many years ago. Some books help move your relationship with the Lord to the next level of intimacy. This book did that for me. I hope it will do the same for you!