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  • Writer's pictureGracie Berney

Finding The Quiet


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Hello everyone and welcome to another post in the year 2021.


As a writer, but a Christian first, I am always trying to keep my eyes, ears and heart open to receive something from God and in turn be able to share with you all.


However, there are times when life get so loud and busy, it becomes hard to hear from God. One of the most important things I have found in my walk with Christ, is that these moments are very important. Because in all the noise and chaos, God still speaks.


On both national and international level, so much is going on the world right now. One of my coworkers several days back, was so worried, she started expressing all her fears because of the things happening in the US and in different parts of the world.


After the conversation, I walked away also thinking about some of the personal issues a lot of people (including myself) are facing right now. On my way home from work that day, I found myself talking to God in the car. And by the time I pulled into our driveway, I felt the Lord saying 'draw closer, find the quiet so you can hear when I speak.'


During the past couple days, I've found myself going back to those words and pray that they can encourage you as well, which is why today's post is titled: 'Finding the Quiet.'


I Kings 19:11-13 states: And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?


In the verses above, Elijah is wanting to hear from God. And so he begins to look for Him in the big things; the strong winds (which in today's world will possibly translate into a tsunami); an earthquake; a big fire. However, God wasn't in any of those things except, we see that He was in the still small voice.


How many times, do we focus on all the big circumstances around us and miss the little things that point us to Christ and or the things that He is trying to say?


While we do need to be mindful of our surroundings and the things that are happening around us, our focus still needs to remain on Jesus.


As much as we are all hoping for better things in 2021, there is no guarantee that life is going to be much different from last year. In fact, things might get a lot worse before improving. And with all the chaos and madness in the world right now, its easy to miss hearing that still small voice.



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So how do we find the quiet?


We do so by spending more time in His presence. Jeremiah 29:13 states: And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Finding the quiet is not difficult if you're willing to put in the time and effort. According to Jeremiah, all we need is our entire heart.


Conclusion

As I conclude today's post, I'd like to share with you a simple poem I wrote and pray that the words stay with you this week.


God is in the quiet,

Though life might be a riot


The storms and battles that I see

Are only temporary distractions for me


Trying to pull me away from an experience with Him

And take away from what I will gain from His presence within


So what am I going to do?

The plan is to rise up with His crew,

Seek His face, till I get His point of view.


I refuse to worry, be sorry or end the story

Because I know that His plans ends in Victory


So in the meantime and in my prayer time,

I will seek Him till I find Him in the quiet.



Prayer Guide

This week, spend some time alone with God. Sometimes distractions take the form of people, social media, jobs... Try to be sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Take time to listen (not speak) to hear God's voice. Also, find a journal and write down things He is saying to you.


Stay Blessed

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