Saturday, February 27, 2010

Day 10 of Lent :: The Sound of Silence

“Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.”
1 Kings 19:11

Action: Read 1 Kings 19:11-13

What are the “loud” things around you that grasp for your attention yet are void of His voice?

We must never underestimate just how spiritually dull we can become if we neglect times of solitude and silence before God.

What are some areas you are prone to become dull in?

In silence we become aware of how much noise is always buzzing around us. Even more, we realize our dependence upon such things to pacify us. We become conscious of how often needless words and chatter rule our conversations, mostly out of fear and a need to control. Solitude and silence strips us of these opiates, forcing us to encounter ourselves and the world as they really are.

Monitor your surroundings and conversations today. See how many of these “opiates” you can recognize. How much is your daily life surrounded by noise that fosters superficiality rather than depth of spirituality?

“We live, in fact, in a world
starved for solitude, silence, and privacy:
and therefore starved for
meditation and true friendship.”
C.S. Lewis, Weight of Glory

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