The porch swing and summer camping chair sit quietly on the porch, waiting for the birds and busyness of summer. And while I admit to being a bit tired after February brought us 25 out of 28 days of precipitation of one sort of another, there is much to be said for the insulated world that comes with winter and snow-covered quiet.
Even the birds, though eating, made few chirping sounds. God insulates His universe, perhaps as a way to encourage mankind to listen for His voice.
At Swallow Falls State Park, Muddy Creeks Falls still send water crashing over the precipice, but the icy stalactite columns and the stillness of the ancient hemlock create a place for contemplation. Leaving the activity and fast pace of life in the city, people seek the stillness to think, rejuvenate.
Psalm 46:10 offers, ” Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
And if your work situation or colleagues cause your nightly insomnia, listen to the advice of Psalm 37:7-11:
” Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.”
How long has it been since you have taken the time to savor the silence of your world?