“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to keep silence, and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
This morning on my way back from taking my son and grandson to the Charlotte airport (they are going to Pittsburgh for the Steelers v Panthers game on Thursday night) I stopped for gas. Today is one of these incredibly beautiful fall days in North Carolina with not a cloud in the sky, and the foliage of the trees portraying the glory of God. The temperature was a perfect 58 degrees and forecasted to climb to about 70 degrees later in the day.
But as I got out of my car at the gas station, I was met by loud jarring pop music. I don’t know what band was playing, but the words were banal, the music mediocre, and the decibels too loud! At some gas stations you can put off the sound (second top button on the right side!) but at this gas station there was no way of escaping the jarring cacophony of noise which was totally discordant with the beauty of the surrounding creation.
We live in a noisy world! Media and political voices are increasingly loud, strident, aggressive, and harsh. It is more and more difficult to find a quiet spot and appreciate “the sound of silence.” But we need times of total solitude.
After a busy day our Lord Jesus rose “very early in the morning, while it was still dark, (and) departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed” (Mark 1:35). It is difficult to get away from the distractions of life, even from our own internal distractions. But I encourage you to spend time alone with the Lord in silence. When praying to the Lord and when reading his precious Word, we are strengthened in our faith and our ears are open to God’s Word.
For me seeking times of solitude must be intentionally pursued and scheduled. Walking on a beach, driving alone in my car, praying and reading the Word in my study, sitting outside my house are all opportunities to be in silence.