This is something I have recently challenged myself to work on.  While this blog has been a glorious outlet to my rambling thoughts, it has also made me even more aware of their abundance!  I am on an inexhaustible quest for answers and I frequently interact with people desperately searching for solutions (or I choose to view my daily life from that context…hmmm…).  To be vulnerably honest, I like having the answers.  I take pride in it.  And when I don’t have the answer; when my overly analytical brain just can’t seem to finalize the intricate puzzle I’m trying to complete, I typically throw my hands up and say, “Ok God, I can’t make it anymore, I’m at the end of my rope, I don’t think I’m going to be able to do this any longer.”

Something a friend said the other night has stuck with me the past few days – it is in that moment, when my face is twisted in anguish, scrunched up in frustration, stone set in bitterness, that God says, “Thank you for letting me step in now.”  Because He does have the answers, I simply need to quiet myself and listen for them.

a moment of stillness and quiet on my morning walk.

I’ve just started this book, a great read for anyone who might find themselves up to the challenge of being quiet.

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3 Responses to quiet.

  1. Scott Kalis says:

    Two things Deb;

    Tie a knot in the bottom of your rope so you can’t slip off the end.
    And – “Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen quietly”
    ~ Peace

    P.s.; Try staying up for 48-72 hours to reset things and then see how you are during that week of calibrating your mind and body. Not by choice – but I’ve been there, and it does cleanse your mind for some time and does change perspective (at least for a week or so following)

  2. Sarah says:

    ‎This is so true. . .reminds me of the story of the prophet Elijah, who thought that he would encounter God in the violent weather forces of hurricanes and earthquakes, but in the end, God came to him with a still, small voice that, in my imagination, Elijah probably had to be quiet to hear:

    1 Kings 19:11-12 (The Message)

    11-12 Then he was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by.”

    A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.

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