We are surrounded by loud movement everyday. The noise of the cars around us, the TV with nonstop programming, the radio, and the people around us. Even when we are in a quiet space alone, sometimes the noise of our minds distract us from enjoying the silence.
When everything around us is so loud, it becomes difficult to sit with silence. We have become so used to the noise that sometimes the silence can be uncomfortable. To be honest sometimes when it is silent it's so peaceful that I want to fall asleep.
In the book of 1 Kings 19:11-12, the prophet Elijah was told,
“Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by.”
A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper."
We have become so used to the noise that we don't often look for Spirit in the quiet whispers. The Spirit does not shout loudly at us, but moves around us in the still moments. Creating quiet space does not mean that we will always hear the Spirit speaking, but we are more likely to hear the Spirit when we are able to silence the noise around us.
Take a moment this week to find a silent place. Maybe it's in your favorite chair, outside on a rock, or taking a walk on your favorite path. As you sit or walk, practice the equal ration breathing, inhale for 3-5 seconds and then exhale 3-5 seconds. As you inhale and exhale if a word comes to mind that you would like to pray then say that word silently with each inhale or exhale.
A breath prayer I have prayed is, "Fill me with peace" (inhale), "so I may rest" (exhale). If this prayer speaks to you try praying it with your breath. If it feels better to shorten it try inhaling "peace" and exhale "rest."
My prayer for you is that you find a place of stillness this week so that you will hear the voice of the Spirit speaking to you.