by Peter Blount 20 January 2022
Welcome to ‘Sharing Our Faith Together’
Today’s thought was prompted by, and is in effect a follow on from Ruth’s thought yesterday which referenced Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God.
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As I read yesterday about being still and letting God simply place His thoughts and inspirations on us, which of course, can happen at any time but particularly when we are still. Something else that goes hand in hand, as it were, with being still is being quiet as well.
A process that comes to some more easily that others!
Not sure if you managed to get out and about (for your socially distance walk only, of course) in the last couple of days, but I find snow, apart from looking really fantastic, has that unusual quality, just like fog, of deadening the ambient sound. This makes a remarkable ‘silent’ feeling and by default a ‘closing in’ sensation of the surroundings and therefore, an acute awareness of the presence of God.
Thinking on these lines turn with me to 1 Kings Ch 19 v 9–18 where God appears to Elijah at the mouth of a cave at Mt Horeb. God appears not in the earthquake, the wind or the fire but in the silence that follows by a still, small and gentle voice.
I know that just at the moment the hustle and bustle of life from which sometimes we find it hard to escape is somewhat subdued, but there is still the occasion when it is necessary to seek out the stillness and the quiet, to listen again to God's gentle calling.
Happy listening – and every blessing.