I was sitting here just totally stumped about what to share today. It’s not that I am overloaded with thoughts or distracted with things around me. I typically share from the heart and my heart is just still and silent. It is at peace. Despite everything going on in my life, I am at peace. I am still. And it just hit me in my stillness that I have a great opportunity to share the importance of a silent heart.
You are probably thinking, “What are you talking about crazy guy?” Well, I am talking about nothing. In fact, I have not been doing any talking at all. Without any intent of doing so I have allowed God to talk. Better yet he has forced a stillness and silence in me despite my hectic schedule and family life. Why is this important? Because it is HIM taking time to renew my spirit and refill my cup. It is his chance to tell me about myself. Have you ever just stopped talking and stopped trying to sing HIS praises or ask HIM for something and just let him tell you about YOU? Have you ever just reveled in the peace and love that HE brings over you and do it with a silent heart?
Honestly, I don’t do it enough. But there are times like this last week that HE has brought that peace over me. I wasn’t sure why. But I now realize it was so HE could tell me about me. HE could talk to me about the greatness I have in me. HE could talk to me about how incredibly I was truly created. The talents I was given. The blessings I have in store for me. The purpose for which I do the things I do. And more importantly that HE loves me UNCONDITIONALLY. There are no strings attached. There are no requirements for me to keep HIS love. I don’t have to do anything to get HIM to prepare blessings for me. I don’t have to ask HIM for any special talents or to put greatness in me. HE created me with greatness inside of me. HE has blessings already prepared for me. HE has already put a purpose in me. I just needed to silence my heart to realize that and there are times I need to silence my heart to be reminded of that.
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke in his youth.
28 Let him sit alone in silence
when it is laid on him;
Take time to sit with a silent heart. I know I need to do that more often and stop letting HIM place the silence in my heart. I am a horrible listener. It is a personality trait that I work on daily. Perhaps that is why HE places silence on me from time to time. But the fact is that I need to just “shut up and listen” more often. What am I missing when I am chattering away? What am I missing about myself that could allow me to be used to grow the kingdom of GOD? What am I missing that could be used to touch someone’s life? What am I missing by always asking HIM for something?
Today I am thankful for my silent heart. I get to grow closer to GOD. I get to learn things about myself that I never could have fathomed. I pray that all of you rejoice in those times of silence. I pray that we all get to see the greatness that HE already placed in us. I pray that we get to enjoy the blessings that HE already has prepared for us. And I pray that HE would take over our hearts more often to share the UNCONDITIONAL love that HE has for us and others.