The Power of Quietby Cynthia Jennings on February 16, 2022
What is it that gets you in a knot? Is it the laundry that piles up, although you try to stay on top of them? Is it the plethora of emails that need a response? The shower door that needs to be blasted clean, your daily planner that has so much on one day you don’t know how it’ll all get done. Or is it the pile up of thoughts in your mind that gets you in a knot?
Many days can be a lot like piled up laundry, a plethora of emails, shower door needing blasting, an overloaded planner or cluttered thoughts. When busy pile ups happen like these Sabbath gets squeezed out.
Now, when I say Sabbath, I mean the priority of sitting before the Lord just to sit with Him… quietly… expectantly… to listen... to worship… to be restored.
Though I do include God in my days and breathe prayers throughout, when I don’t sit before the Lord and exercise the spiritual discipline of being quiet before God it seems that both old and new burdens can tie my heart into a big, frazzled knot.
Have you ever had one of those days or weeks? Knots. Knots. Knots.
When those days happen, I remember the power of quiet. I remember my Restorer.
As I sit in my favorite chair gazing out the window wrapped in the warming presence of God in my soul, the burdens of my heart began to drift away.
I bask in the power of quiet. I feel the warmth of my Restorer.
Grace engulfed presence came. Joy resounded. Mercy rained. Peace… deep peace fell.
I’m in awe of the power of quiet. I feel the warmth of my Restorer.
The Spirit of God transformed my soul, my thoughts, and my day.
Ahhh, the blessing of the power of quiet. I feel the warmth of my Restorer.
As I exercise the spiritual discipline of being quiet. This is where I lay my knot. I’m able to put my life-burdens away like the piles of laundry and cluttered thoughts that are now clear. In the midst of exercising the spiritual discipline of quiet, I experience…. calm… inner calm, peace…compelling peace, joy… divine joy and restoration.
I sat in wonder.
In His presence.
Our Restorer loves to meet us in the middle of trying to untangle our frazzled knots.
Each of us is invited to experience God as our Restorer. To know the renewal, we long for each day. Jesus invited us personally when he said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV).
When our lives get too busy – when the laundry piles up, emails go unanswered, the shower needs blasting, the planner is overloaded, our thoughts are cluttered and the burdens pile up in our hearts – we often forget the power of quiet. The power of being still before God. The power of listening, expecting, soul-pouring… receiving rest from our Restorer.
God’s presence never leaves an un-lifted burden. Be intentional in exercising the spiritual discipline of being quiet.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your mercy is fresh each day, and Your grace piles higher than all my overloaded heart-woes. Thank You, Jesus! I’m here. Please align my heart to Yours. Quiet me with Your love, direction, and peace today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
PEARLStoPONDER: Remember the power of quiet as you exchange your burdens and knots for His peace and restoration.
1 Chronicles 16:11--Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
Isaiah 26:3--You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Luke 5:16--But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
Mark 1:35--And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.