The Quiet Life

Lent is a season that invites us to reflect on our walk with God and to consider how we might take an active step forward in the practice of our faith. Of course this is challenging in the high velocity world in which we live. So many things are pulling at us from so many directions. Work responsibilities, family responsibilities, community responsibilities and others all demand our attention, and it is often overwhelming.
In the midst of all of this, what often gets pushed out of our hectic lives are the practices of our faith; and the idea of adding something during Lent seems impractical. However, one practice that you can add will create some life-giving breathing space that will actually draw you closer to God and help you be more efficient in living your life in our fast paced world.
 
The psalmist writes from the voice of God: “Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10. There is much wisdom is this short simple verse. So much distracts us in our noisy world, that the only way to allow God’s word into our lives is to carve out just a little time to be quiet before God. It is so simple: Be Still, focus on God, and God will make himself known. Yet this simple act can seem impossible at first. However, if we are disciplined enough, each of us could find 5 or 10 minutes to shut the door, turn off the phone, and be quiet before the Lord. This practice of quiet meditation will allow us to hear God and to focus on the source of our strength.
 
C.S. Lewis said it well: “It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.” (Mere Christianity).
 
This Lent, I am adding at least 5 minutes of completely uninterrupted quiet meditation before the Lord. As the weeks progress, I am working to increase the time so that I can let the “stronger, quieter life come flowing in.” I encourage you to do the same.
 
May each of you have a holy Lent.
 
Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee