"Find rest, O my soul, in God alone."
~ Psalm 62: 5
When we enter into solitude to be with God alone, we quickly discover how dependent we really are on the need to have times of peace with God.
Without the many distractions of our daily lives, then the solitude of the moment allows our mind to unwind.
I seem to look at my life as that of an onion. Meaning, there are always many layers to who I am. Just recognizing that makes me realize that relaxing and allowing the layers to open must occur to allow God to completely meet me.
Our tendency is to leave this fearful solitude quickly and get busy again to reassure ourselves that we are not wasting precious time.
A few years ago a group of people created a room that will absorb 99 percent of sound, meaning, it is completely silent. At the time of the report, the longest anyone could "handle" being present in the room was around 45 minutes. As our ears adapt to silence, we soon begin to listen to such things as our heart beat, the filling of our lungs, and the sounds of our stomach.
The fear of wasting precious time is also a temptation, because what makes us is not the time we spend "doing things," but God's eternal love for us.
To claim the truth of ourselves we have to cling to our God in solitude as to the One who makes us who we are. Where we experience God, we experience real peace.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, I want to know You in the silence. Help me to experience that kind of peace with You today. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.