Friday, January 4, 2008

'Silence is Golden' and sometimes painful

Silence is golden but sometimes painful. How can that be? For some, silence can mean a loss or a state of loneliness but let's look at it from a different direction. Silence in today's busy world can be a welcoming gift...a peace in times of constant noise or chaos. Silence can be spiritually rewarding but also spiritually painful. My devotion this morning challenged the need for silence in our life to allow us to examine our hearts. What does your heart reveal to you in the quietness? What seems to surface to your mind during this time? "If silence reveals sin in your heart, it is doing exactly what it is intended to do" (Donna Partow, Becoming a Vessel God Can Use). OUCH! There are some who find it difficult to allow silence into their day-the noise drowns out their pain and struggles. But as Christ is our example, we need to find rest in Him:
"He said to them, 'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest'."
~Mark 6:31b (NIV)
In silence we can find out where our heart is. Exposing yourself only brings renewal and strength. From it we are rewarded with a peace that can only come from God.
"And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.
For as members of one body you are called to live in peace.
And always be thankful".
~Colossians 3:15 (NLT)
I encourage you to spend some time in silence today to allow God to open your heart to come clean before Him. I plan to. The pain will be well worth the reward of His renewing presence of peace in my life.
In His Graces~Pamela

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