through His Word
Today a gentle snow falls. Large clusters of flakes tumble earthward, holding hands and dancing to a muted tune only they can hear. It must be warmer today. I put on my coat and head down the snow-cloaked road.
It’s so quiet my crunchy footsteps resound irreverently across the wintry expanse. When I reach the hilltop, I stop. A profound stillness envelops me. I strain to hear something … anything. There’s nothing—not the rustle of crisp, brown oak leaves, not the cheerful call of the chickadees, not a whisper from the wind. My whole world pays silent homage to God.
Winter harbors a deep silence, a penetrating peace that washes over my soul. I smile contentedly. Then I hear something other-worldly, a still, small voice whispering, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10 NKJV). Be still, like a calm, winter day. Welcome silence into your life. Talk less. Turn off the useless noise inside your head. Meditate on My Word more. Turn off the external noise from computers, televisions, radios, and phones. Be still so you can hear Me.
Incessant noise is a cultural norm. Everything makes so much noise—vehicles, appliances, tools, computers, televisions, radios, and phones. We carry our noise with us and listen to it through earbuds, even when we’re outdoors. Furthermore, we amplify the noise, adopting the “loud is good” philosophy.
I realize I’m weird, but I take issue with that. Loud really isn’t God’s modus operandi. Not that God never does loud. Thunder, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, falling trees … all loud. They also seem to have a common thread. All are demonstrations of God’s great might, and sometimes His wrath and judgment.
But most of His day-to-day words—words of love, encouragement, reassurance, conviction, hope and peace—are gentle and soft-spoken. Remember when God spoke to Elijah on the mountain? God wasn’t in the strong winds, or the earthquake or in the fire. God was in the gentle blowing (1 Kings 19:11-12).
If we would hear God, we must be like the wind and the waves on the Sea of Galilee when Jesus told them to hush and be still (Mark 4:39). We must obey the voice of our Maker when He tells us to turn down the volume on all the things screaming for our attention. Then we’ll be able to hear the voice of the Spirit whispering to us. Then we’ll find solace in a stillness so deep it penetrates the soul like a calm, winter day.
© Copyright 2018 by Michelle Adserias
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Michelle Adserias lives in Central Wisconsin with her husband, Peter. They have four children. Three have flown the coop and the last will be ready to fly soon. During her free time, Michelle enjoys being outdoors—hiking, paddling and shooting photos of the beautiful things God created. She publishes a weekly blog (under the pen name Johanna Daniel) about the truths of God unveiled through nature’s every day moments. You’ll find it at www.godponderings.com.
When she’s not outside, Michelle enjoys poking through thrift shops or sitting at home and stitching. She has two Etsy shops. You’ll find her original embroidery designs at LaDee’s Stitchery, and her vintage and antique finds at LaDee’s Antiques.
nature, spending time with God, peace, Be Still and Know: A Guest Post by Michelle Adserias, Michelle Adserias, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies
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