The first time I thought it, my heart skipped a beat because I knew it didn’t come from me. It came when I was curled up with my Bible, writing my praises to God in a Journey Notes entry: “Thank You, God, for the quiet of now.”
The quiet-of-now, is that profound peace of soul we crave in our cluttered lives, that too often eludes our grasp. It is the fruit of seeking after God for the strength and perspective we lack. That elusive quiet-of-now, comes only after yielding to His question:“Will you trust Me in this?” with,“Yes Lord, I will trust you.”
It struck me recently that, the quiet-of-now, is what Jesus was offering His disciples as He prepared them for His departure:
“Peace I leave with you;
My peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and
do not be afraid.”
The quiet-of-now,, is what He continues to offer to us no matter what our circumstance:
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened . . .
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.…
Matthew 11:28, 29
The quiet-of-now”, is the rarified Gift of God that once received is meant to be passed on.
No matter what your station in life, if you have entered into a relationship with Christ, then you are meant to pass on His Peace, His Love, His Mercy and the resulting quiet-of-now blessing to all He puts on your path.
While waiting for a Client several weeks ago, I was struck by how my office encourages, quiet-of-now moments. I am always grateful for the time right before a Client arrives, when I can ask God to help me see that person with His eyes rather than my own. The setting is simple, There are two upholstered chairs for Clients to chose from, a few things on the walls, a bookshelf, my desk, chair and a white board that I use mostly for drawing illustrations. On my desk is my Bible and a red leather notepad given me many years ago by an appreciative Client. Directly across from where I sit is a cabinet located between the two Client chairs with a red leather Bible sitting center-stage.
At the start of a Session, the Bible waits quietly, as each Client tells their story. But as soon as the worn leather Bible is opened, and the words on the crisp pages tinged by time and frequent use are read, it speaks truth to receptive hearts. It is when we read and ponder the words inside that Book, that God enters the conversation between us, and interesting (even miraculous) quiet-of-now moments are most frequently shared.
So is there a key to unlocking the door to such quiet-of-now moments on a regular basis? As I reflect on this question, I am struck that such moments have less to do with setting and more to do with attitude and heart:
“If you seek Me you will find Me,
if you seek Me with all of your heart.”
Quiet-of-now moments come upon us, when Scripture takes center-stage in our minds and we yield our hearts to the Sovereign Goodness of God’s Spirit.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
All to His Glory!