“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” – Romans 1:20
There are many things I enjoy in this life, but there is nothing I cherish more than moments of solitude. There is something special about disconnecting yourself from the rest of the world and sitting in the quiet just observing all that God has done around you. Going to a park, or standing on my balcony and observing sunsets are moments in which I feel so alive, and refreshed. The Psalmist wrote “The heavens declare the glory of God. The skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” Can you hear Him speak through His creation? The tress, the skies, the sun, there is so much around us that God is using to speak, but how often do you hear Him? We often complain that we can’t hear God’s voice; we sit there and wait for a loud thunder, or scary voice to be heard when God is actually using His creation to gently whisper His love.
The problem is that we have been so accustomed to an aggressive, loud, chaotic world, that we are barely familiar with communication that comes through stillness and gentleness. Over the years and throughout my journey with Him, I have come to realize that it’s not God who complicates things, it’s us. We search for something with such difficulty, when what we’re looking for is there effortlessly. Have you ever sat by the beach and concentrated on the sound of waves, or been in a forest and heard the sound of a pond or a stream? Have you carefully heard the sound of the wind hitting trees? Have you noticed how fluffy and perfectly shaped clouds are on the sky? Have you seen the colors of the sky during sunsets or sunrises? Ever noticed the beauty and color variety of flowers? All these visible attributes speak so loudly of an invisible God – unfortunately, our lack of familiarity with gentleness often leaves us so deaf to the voice of God through each of these outlets He uses to speak daily.
To conclude, I’ll leave you with this. Imagine receiving a phone call while you’re sitting in a sports bar with tons of fans cheering for their favorite sports team. No matter how gently or loudly the person on the other end spoke, you wouldn’t be able to hear a word unless you stepped away far enough from that chaos. The point is, you need to designate moments where you can step away from everything else that’s loud and chaotic in your life. You need to find that quiet space before you can hear the voice that’s trying to speak to you. Today we have phones, iPods, iPads, laptops, computers, radios, TV’s,. and so much more that is constantly speaking something into our ears. Added on to that you have the voices and opinions of your friends, family, co-workers, constantly draining you with their lives – or draining the life out of you. In all of this, where is your moment of solitude? When do you have that moment of silence where you can listen to the gentle voice of God? For this week I encourage you to find that place where you can take deep breaths, relax, and listen to the peace that you find in God’s voice.
See you next Monday!