(An excerpt from An A-Z of Discipleship by Amy Parkin, page 118)
Quietness is essential for our mental, physical and spiritual well-being. God did not speak to Elijah upon Mount Horeb through the earthquake, wind or fire but with a still, small voice. How are we to hear this quiet whisper if we are always rushing around, surrounded by constant noise, and bombarded by the incessant chatter of our own minds? It is so important to take time out to be alone with God, whether in silent prayer, meditation on His word, or a quiet state of awareness.
Consider the words of Psalm 23:
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”(verses 1-3)
Here, the Psalmist paints a picture of the quietness, stillness and calm that can be ours when we rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him (Psalm 37:7). God is our shepherd and will make sure that we are safe and well provided for. He is in control. He doesn’t make us wander alone through a barren, parched wilderness, looking for green pastures, fresh water and a safe place to rest; He lovingly leads us there and invites us to stay with Him.
There is no place here for striving and stress. This is the place to which we come when the tempest winds are battering our sails, our bodies are weary and our minds are overcome with the cares of this life. We come to rest and graze in God’s pastures and to drink from the well of living water that never runs dry. Shutting the door on the noise and chaos of the world for a while, we spend quiet time alone with God so that, restored and renewed, we are ready to face the trials of life with fresh determination and strength.