Well, Aiden went home today and for the first time in over a week, I hear “the sound of silence.” I miss him already. Now, some say that “silence is golden.” I guess that can be true. There are times when we need to keep quiet. I always heard that it’s better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re stupid – then, open it up and prove it! Now – that’s funny!
All kidding aside, it’s hard to find silence any more. Have you noticed that all children’s toys make noise? They are all so loud! Most restaurants not only have music playing, they also have televisions in every corner. I know of many people who turn on the TV as soon as they get home – it’s not that they’re actually watching anything. They just want the “noise.” How long would you last in the car without the radio on? We’ve gotten “uncomfortable” with silence.
Jesus found the need on more than one occasion to go off alone when He wanted to spend time with His Father. It’s how he prepared for important events. In Luke 5:16, He went to the wilderness. It’s how he began his ministry. In Luke 6:12, He went to the mountains. It’s how he dealt with the demands of his ministry and cared for his soul, dealing with emotions like grief. It’s even how he prepared for his death on the cross that night in the Garden of Gethsemane.
So – next week, I challenge each of you to spend some time alone in silence. Who knows what blessings will come! God Bless, Courtney