“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it”. -Isaiah 30:15 NIV
Silence is especially challenging. Right now, close your eyes and listen. What sounds do you hear? When was the last time you took a half hour, an hour, or part of a day to be quiet? When did you last silence your mind, quiet your heart, toss the to-do list, turn off the devices, and just let your brain be quiet? Listen. Be still. God urged, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10).
Here are 4 ways to add a bit of silence to the day.
Turn off the radio while driving.
Notice your surroundings, the sky, the fields you drive by, other passengers in cars next to you. Especially if it’s a familiar route, try to notice details you haven’t seen before.
Show up somewhere a few minutes early.
When heading to work, a meeting, or picking the kids up from school, give yourself a few extra minutes to arrive early. Take the extra time to sit in your car and be quiet.
Set a period of the day to turn off your phone.
Maybe it’s just for 30 minutes. The world won’t fall apart! Give yourself a break from the pinging and dinging!
If you’re in an environment where you can’t escape the noise, like a coffee shop, use headphones and find an app or website that plays the sounds of the ocean or nature outdoors.
Today, plan a time that you can take a short of silence everyday. Thank God for rest and consistency in your pursuit of solitude!
- Today, plan a time that you can take a short of silence everyday.
- Thank God for rest and consistency in your pursuit of solitude!