Be still, and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:10 (ESV)

This week I had a minor crisis: I couldn’t find my noise-isolating headphones I like to wear when I mow the lawn. Now, my lawn isn’t huge or anything, but I really like listening to podcasts, books, or music whenever I have a few moments to myself. However, if I’m not careful, I somehow fill every second with sound on my three minute commute to work, my infrequent jogs, or when I work on a project with my hands. But on this day, I couldn’t find my headphones. I was trapped for an hour on a menial task with nothing but my thoughts… and it was fantastic.

Now, deep down I know that uninterrupted quiet is good for my soul. I’ve learned this whenever I’ve gone hunting, fishing, or kayaking. I vividly remember fly-fishing years ago in a Colorado River the week my wife and I discovered we were expecting our first child. We were still in school and had a million unanswered questions as to where we were going to live, where I was going to work, or how we were going to pay for this new addition to our family. We had been anxious and fearful as we frantically tried to put our lives together.

But as I stood in the still, quiet waters of the stream, God met me. He has met me other times too, in tree stands while deer hunting or by campfires under a vast starry sky. Whenever I have taken time to unplug and become still before the Lord, he has met me right where I was at, calming my fears and anxieties. Sometimes I was facing a big crisis in my life while others I simply needed to rediscover the peace that only Jesus offers. Now I can’t say that whenever I become still problems melt away or that I have an answer to every question in my heart. Yet, I leave each encounter of silence with a renewed conviction that God loves me and that Christ is transforming me.

Before school starts up, work gets crazy, or the weather shuts us all up inside, I encourage you this week to find your quiet, still place. Ask God to clear your foggy thoughts and wandering heart. Read a Psalm or spend a half-hour in prayer. Push pause on all the noise, and listen intently for the still, small voice.