I am loving myself with silence today. Restoration of my overloaded spirit doesn’t require the world to be silent, but I must certainly be. My whirring thoughts and humming heart must bow to the hush of the Spirit—or I will make myself sick.
…casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].
1 Peter 5:7 AMP
I had a wonderful Thanksgiving and the Lord gave me priceless moments of love and affection with my family. So there’s no great crisis or drama that I’m trying to get clear of here, but any time I come out of my relatively quiet life into the bubbling whirl of people, I need silence in the aftermath. After every Shulamite conference, for instance, I require a period of silence to restore my spirit. That those are amazing weekends doesn’t mean that they don’t take a toll. Sheep can’t bear burdens of any kind, which means that I have to let everything fall away except Jesus.
Healing a Spirit with Silence
I never knew just how healing silence could be until the Spirit shut me up in it. I always thought that problems and joys were to be handled the same way: by sharing them with other people. I had no idea that silence refreshed my spirit, renewed my mind and brought light to my heart. These periods of purposed meditation on the Person of Christ have become indispensable to me.
One by one I turn every moment over to Him, whether it’s joy or pain. I can’t bear the weight of my blessings any more than my sufferings! I turn it all over to Him until there’s only Him and me and all is still. In that silence, the Spirit shows me things I didn’t see or tells me things I didn’t hear. I need the Lord to make sense of my joy just as much as I need Him to make sense of my problems. I need Him always, because He always knows what I need—and I just don’t.
Whatever your Thanksgiving was, I recommend giving yourself the gift of silence. Let the Spirit lay you down in green pastures. You don’t need time off or time away for that to happen. I’m going to be at the office today and delighted to be there. The silence that heals is within us, where Jesus dwells. We find it when we’re safely ensconced in Him.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 HCSB