Every lent I feel like God works on a different part of my spiritual walk. This year was no different. Not that my Lents before were not good or not productive but I felt that God was honoring my desire to go a little “deeper” this year.
When I sat in prayer contemplating my Lenten plan, I heard God say very clearly that for Lent I was suppose to give up idle noise…and embrace little periods of silence.
What does that mean?
How is that going to change me as a person?
What will I say when people ask what I gave up for Lent? Will I be embarrassed by my little gesture?
Is that enough?
All those thoughts didn’t matter in the long run.
Over the past year, the Lord has been creating a Spirit of Obedience in me. He has been showing me how obedience pleases Him, even if I don’t fully understand the why behind His Ways. He just gives His permission to ask the How……
So I prayed for the practical applications of this Lenten sacrifice, and like our Lord always does… he provided.
There would be times that I went to turn on the radio by myself, and I would hear Him say, “Talk to me.”
I would be in the middle of watching a netflix show, and He would call me into a moment of silence.
The children would often come over to me sitting on the couch and say “Are you ok, mom?”…..they were beginning to notice how often these little quiet moments would happen throughout my day.
Head tilted back, eyes closed…clearing my mind…..
Each moment of silence would fill me with peace….like breathing out a deep sense of relief.
Often times the Lord would place someone on my heart to text or call…..
Sometimes he would build upon a bible verse or spiritual truth I had been working on.
He showed me, very clearly, how much I need more silence.
How our constant “background noise”……. silences Him.
How I had been begging him to “talk to me”…..and his response was to spend time in silence so I could hear His voice.
Our God is a God of peace……He speaks into the peace of our hearts.
Spend some time today contemplating how you can add silence into your week.
It seems like such a crazy notion…..but we need moments of silence.
Take a walk………in silence.
Sit outside….or on a park bench…..in silence.
Observe the beauty of nature around you……in silence.
“And when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
In light of this new insight, I will be delving into this book by Cardinal Sarah. I’m super excited to continue this journey and see where the Lord is leading me. Join me!