“The quiet of now . . . .” It is a simple phrase that tumbled into my mind one morning as I was writing praises to God in my Journey Notebook. I remember being struck by how it expressed the delight in my soul as I was aware of His Presence. “The quiet of now . . .” is not so much about silence (although there may be a “hush” that accompanies it) but has more to do with the cessation of physical or mental busyness. It can be experienced in times of blessing as well as in the midst of trial and heartache. “The quiet of now . . .” refers to those rare moments when the world becomes distant as God awaits our stepping through the doorway to Him. It is in such moments that Hope reigns supreme to both delight and comfort the soul.
Yesterday morning was one of those times when “the quiet of now” entered the forefront of my praises to God. Our home had rocked for a week as our family of eight adults and seven children enjoyed the rare treat of spending time together. Laughter, good food, messiness of varying degrees, old friends dropping in and a beautiful snow were the hallmarks of our week. Several times, I found myself thinking about Mary who, after all the events that occurred around Jesus’ birth, “treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19) In like fashion, I tried to store away odd moments in my mind to be savored later:
- The way our kids and their spouses enjoyed each other.
- Watching how the three oldest cousins sensitively played with their younger cousins.
- The laughter shared by the five bigger boys while sharing stories about sledding one afternoon afternoon.
- The two youngest leaving gooey fingerprints on our den windows as they excitedly watched the squirrels and birds romp around the bird feeder in the snow.
Yesterday, with everyone gone it was quiet–almost too quiet, It was then that I pulled out those freshly stored memories and laughed “in the quiet of now.” (I laughed even harder last night, when I noticed those gooey fingerprints still gracing our den windows!) It was truly lovely to share those memories with the One who ordained them from the beginning of time.
Are you yearning to experience such a moment? Perhaps you are feeling harried by the craziness in your life or are discouraged by the seemingly quirky unfairness of how things are right now? Psalm 46 lays out a helpful formula to lead us to ”the quiet of now . . .” when life is falling apart. It concludes with this direction:“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Consider this breakdown–
Step One:~ BE STILL ~
Step away from what you are doing when you can; ask Him to help you see a window in time to be with Him, (I guarantee He will help you to do this!)
Step Two:~ KNOW ~
Stop focusing on your problems and discouragement. Focus instead on the One who loves you. Ask Him to help you to know Him more intimately than you do– He will help with this one too!
Step Three:~ I AM GOD ~
Bow before Him as you give thanks that HE IS GOD, AND THAT YOU ARE NOT! (It is always such a relief to set that one straight!)
Step Four:~ I WILL BE EXALTED! ~
If you got steps one through three in order, then enter His Gates (“the quiet of now. . .”) with thanksgiving and praise!
One final thought on entering “the quiet of now . . . .” Since the fall of man we have sought and failed to create our own heaven/peace on earth apart from God. The Bible makes clear, we cannot enjoy such quiet/peace apart from the Peacemaker–Christ Jesus–who unabashedly pointed to Himself as the path that leads to quiet we crave:“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
All to His Glory