Friday, October 12, 2007

Be... Still... Know
For everything there is a season.
A time to be quiet and a time to

~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-7 ~

I wait quietly before God, for my
victory comes from him.
~ Psalm 62:1 (NLT) ~

First it looked sort of foggy. After
the sun burned away the mist, we could
see the beautiful hot air balloon. I
wondered if it was quiet up there in
the basket, under the balloon.

I've not ever been up in one of those,
but when I tried paragliding, the noise
of the wind currents surprised me. I
had totally expected silence.

Quiet. Not an easy thing. A prayer I
find myself saying often (maybe too
often!) is for my mouth to stay closed
at the right times, and not say anything,
as well as prayers to say the right thing.

It's difficult for me to be still. Period.
I'm a fairly active person. If I'm not up
and doing something, I am thinking of what
I will do when I do get up and going.

I was reminded, about two weeks after
seeing the hot air balloon, about this
being quiet thing. We were visiting
friends who have a retreat in the North
Carolina mountains. As we sat in the very,
very silent chapel of QuietReflections,
the verse from Psalms 46 came into my
mind: "Be still, and know that I am God."

Be. Be still. Then know. Hmm...

Sometimes God speaks loud and clear.
This was one of those times.

Thank you Lord, that you care enough
about us to get our attention, and speak to
us in ways that we can hear you. Help us to
hear You today, with the ears of our hearts.
In Jesus' name.

L Sally I KennedyL

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