Thursday mornings…

Thursday mornings…

I go to a men’s bible study on Thursday mornings. I’ve been a part of this group for several years now. We meet pretty early in the morning and I cannot eat the donuts (gluten), but I still love it. I always walk out having learned something about God, about myself, or about someone else. It’s pretty cool.

Yesterday morning our lesson was about Solitude and Silence.

sol·i·tude

1.
the state of being or living alone; seclusion: to enjoy one’s solitude.
2.

remoteness from habitations, as of a place; absence of human activity: the solitude of the mountains.
3.

a lonely, unfrequented place: a solitude in the mountains.
and

si·lence

1.
absence of any sound or noise; stillness.
2.

the state or fact of being silent; muteness.
I do not feel that either one of these words describe my average day. My days are probably like your days – wake up and go! Go all day long and, many days, in to the night. Always so much to do and so little time to do it. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m blessed. I love my wife and my boys – I enjoy my job (most days). I’m a happy person, but I do not hear the Silence or experience the Solitude much…but I think I need to.

In the bible, we read about Jesus getting up early in the morning and going out to pray…ALONE. I don’t think Jesus had anything against people praying together, but there had to be a good reason that he wanted to be alone and spend time in Silence and Solitude with His Father. If He needed it, guess that I do too, huh?

I often feel there is too much ‘noise’ in my life. Always something spinning around in my head…problems at work, trying to please people, trying to be a good husband and a good dad, paying the bills, planning next week, next month, thinking about what I need to do tomorrow… Our mental lists go on forever, don’t they? But that’s not healthy. We need a break sometimes. We need the Silence and the Solitude to re-charge, re-fresh, and re-focus on the big picture. Too much ‘noise’ makes me lose sight sometimes. I can’t see when it’s so loud.

Yesterday we talked about how we balance all of this ‘noise’  and our want (and our NEED) to experience God. I think my ‘noise’ is so loud, and so frequent, that I miss God sometimes. I fear that I miss what He puts right in front of  my face. It was there…I was just moving too fast to see it. I want to be better than that. I don’t want to miss what God is trying to tell me or to show me. I have too much to learn to miss anything.

So, I am going to make an effort to turn down the ‘noise’. If I want to hear from God, I have to listen. I have to be silent sometimes and just listen. I need to be in solitude sometimes and just wait. 

Yeah, Thursdays are a good day for me. It’s days like that where the ‘noise’ is turned down in my life long enough to hear what God is saying.

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