Day 5 - Pauses for Lent - Still

3/11/2019

Day 4 Still

"Be still and Know I am God."  Psalm 46:10

It is very difficult to find quiet in this world today full of 24 hours news, and technology at our fingertips.  We have learned not to be quiet, and be busy all the time. So how are we to find quiet with God? We intentionally carve out time. A few years ago, I was listening to a preacher on a podcast, and he was talking about silence.  He challenged everyone to turn off the radio in the car sometimes, turn off the TV sometimes, and just sit in silence.  So I started doing this.  I found time to hear God, and pray.  Especially sometimes in the car as I drive the silence is refreshing.  It’s refreshing just to be alone and listen.  It is a time I can truly try to hear what God is saying to me.
 
In 2017, I had the opportunity to go to Gulu, Uganda and work with Four Corners Ministries.  As I was preparing, I was thinking about how hard it would be to not be able to charge my phone, and listen to music or podcasts.  I was preparing for no electricity, no tv, no air conditioning, possibly sleeping on the ground with nothing.  So I got myself ready for the worst.  But when we arrived, we discovered they had electricity all the way out there in the bush.  It was by solar energy.  We actually had WiFi, fans, beds, clean water that was filtered to drink and shower in. I could listen to my music and podcasts.  I was relieved, but I learned a valuable lesson on that trip.  Silence is golden.  The people of Uganda didn’t care about all the things we have, and all the noise that comes with it.  All they cared about was having their Bible, clean water, good farm land, and God’s beautiful landscape to look at everyday.  I learned to embrace the silence on that trip. I learned how to live without my phone everyday because service was sketchy at best. I feel like God displaced the comforts of my world, so that I could truly hear him through the Ugandan people.  I sat quietly many times on the trip just to be quiet and journal.  God showed me some amazing things those 12 days in Africa.  It was because I embraced the silence. 
 
I have never been one that loves silent retreats or times when we must remain silent in a group setting. But I have come to ask God to help me grow in this spiritual discipline of silence, and know that he is speaking.  We just need to stop, be silent and know that God is there.  How is God stretching you to stop and be quiet?  How is he teaching you to just be still and hear His voice? I pray this season of lent will be a time for you to stop, and be silent.  Stop and be able to hear what God is saying to you.
 
Gracious God, help us to be still in this world of chaos and noise.  Help us to just sit in silence and hear you.  Help us to grow this Lenten season with the sounds of silence because we carve out time to be with you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Rev. Pamela Cameron- Associate Director of Ministerial Services and Pastor at Spring Ridge UMC in Terry, Ms.
 


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