What is it about quiet that can be so comforting yet in a moment can be come alarming? This weekend I am feasting on the slopes of Cataloochee with two of my closest friends — we are reveling in laughter and memories and sore muscles and age. And it’s glorious.
In the mountains of NC, there’s a quiet. A stillness around the air, like the world is quietly holding its breath here to make sure we don’t miss the beauty. I padded downstairs in our cabin to cook up some breakfast, half dazed by sleep and felt that stillness again standing in the kitchen with the quiet popping of sausage in the background.
The kind of stillness can be quiet and yet just as alarming? One of my friends challenged me recently, “Why does your soul dislike the stillness? Why are you discontent with sitting still?”
Oof. When Jesus whispers into our world, we are commanded to listen. The Lord brought me to Isaiah 43 this morning. Vs. 16 begins, “Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who bring forth a chariot and horse, army and warrior…”
The prophet goes onto speak into how the Lord is making all things new, a slowly developing theme of my life in this season. “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert…” (vs. 19) What encouragement! As I sat still for a few minutes this morning and reflected on this truth, I began to encounter the living God. I hear God whispering to me almost tangibly.
“Let me do new things. Sit still, watch, wait, listen. Pay attention or you’ll miss it.”
The passage goes onto tell of Jacob and how he missed it! “Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob; but you have been weary of me, O Israel!” (Ch. 43, vs. 22) Well, sometimes the Lord speaks, and sometimes the Lords smacks us. Have I missed it? I am so discontent with my stillness that I have grown weary of the Lord?
Maybe I have, for I am definitely guilty of committing my sins against God. But even in my transgressions, God has been faithful to me, time and time again. “I will pour my Spirit upon your offering, and my blessing on your descendants.” (Ch. 44, vs. 3) We have been renewed and redeemed! In that redemption, I must still myself and listen. Watch. Wait. Let God work. He doesn’t need my hands or my feet or my lips.
My prayer for you in that you too would still still at the throne and rest in the promise of newness today.