Sometimes I have a hard time slowing down. I am usually a very enthusiastic person who delights in new experiences and information. As such, I am often busy buzzing around from one thing or place to the next, absorbing. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as I have a discovered so much about myself and others and have learned a type of focus all the while moving along; sort of like bees over a bed of flowers– always moving but purposeful. However, sometimes it is important to just sit… still. We all know how challenging that is in this ever quickening world with deadlines and responsibilities, but how can we hear God’s call through the den unless we pause and listen. As I sat in church this morning just before we began the rosary, I was struck by the power of the silence. And yet, as I left to walk home my mind began racing again with the business of the day. I wanted to get home to write a post for this blog, figure out daily plans, etc. Even with good intentions I wasn’t allowing myself to stay in the sacred space I had created inside me just before praying. No small wonder that when I sat down to start typing the post my mind was blank. I started flipping through books and scripture searching for something tangible to connect to any one of the million threads in my mind, but it wasn’t until I stopped that I started to feel the presence of God again, just as I had in church. Silence in powerful, but for most of us it does not come naturally. It must be intentionally created, sought and given space.
May you create silence in your day, drawing strength and peace from it and perhaps hearing the voice of God.