There are times when silence seems very elusive! At my in-laws’ home near the airport, the planes seem to fly over continually. There is no need for an alarm clock if one starts the day at 7 am as that begins their noisy passage overhead. However, the noise could be much worse. The John Wayne airport is one of the country’s most noise sensitive airports. It sits in the center of Orange County’s residential areas. Their noise abatement rules are very strict with ten monitors making sure the airplanes stay within specific noise limits. Even so, I am often distracted with the sound of their engines.
Sometimes I need to insist on some “noise abatement” in my own life. The television blaring, the music playing, or the neighbor’s noise can all conspire to keep me from turning my thoughts to spiritual things. Our verse for today talks about waiting for God in silence. When all the noisy distractions are gone, my soul can finally listen for His still small voice.
It is in the silence that I wait for God to speak, wait for Him to answer prayer, or wait for Him to act on my behalf. In the stillness my soul is quieted with thoughts of His love and His power to save. In His reassuring presence I am reminded that He is my hope; my only hope. In the silence, thoughts of my Lord calm me down. I so need those quiet times. My soul can then continue to be quieted when I need to re-enter my noisy world.
Thank you Lord, for those precious silent moments with You.
(Look familiar? This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.)