Isaiah 30:15. For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, says: Only in returning to me and waiting for me will you be saved; in quietness and confidence is your strength; but you’ll have none of this.
I think that when I put my phone on silent, Heaven’s door opens to receive my prayers. Yes, I know well that God always hears and listens. Yes, He welcomes my prayers in all circumstances, times, and needs as declared so many times in Scripture. And hallelujah! He is there in the loudest needs and deepest seas just as He is here in valleys of hope and whispers of joy.
But Jesus just seems closer in the silence. When my phone is on silent and in my pocket, my mind and heart reach for more.
The more of: the strength of release from always having one ear cocked for that ding of demands, distraction, or denials trying to lead me away from what is lovely, right, and good; the confidence of those in-between sacred moments of when before-unrealized prayers surface to my lips from their hidden places in my heart; and the freedom of returning to the resting that I am loved by my God who fully knows even what I’ve desperately tried to cover over.
And that more revives and makes me yearn for the more of my Jesus in my life.
Even as full as I am there in the silence with my Jesus, I still war against the lie that there is more outside awaiting my attention. Yet this more is one appetite that is never slaked, much less satisfied. The appetite of arrogance that relentlessly demands more than I could ever give to make it just be quiet.
Only in [His] quietness and [His]confidence is strength. There in the quiet I find a strong-enough strength to keep turning off my phone and mouth to wait for Him to speak to my heart and mind and to change me forever, there in the silence.
For the silence seats my mind, heart, and schedule in ways that unsettle my arrogance, apathy, and greed like nothing else. And there in the upside-down economy of God’s kingdom in seeking the last place of humility, I find a peace that remains and quiets my soul, even when it’s time to turn my phone back on.
He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him the most.
Written by and copyrighted to Beth Madison, Ph.D., 2021.
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