Silence Restores

Picture a small calm lake. As you walk near the edge and lean over, you can see your reflection. You can also see the bottom of the lake. This is how I picture Psalm 23:3-4. It says, “…He leads me beside the still water. He restores my soul…”

Many years ago I sat with my friend at the foot of Mt Hood in Oregon. We looked out across a small body of still water as we ate our lunch. It was peaceful, relaxing, and restorative. 

Psalm 119:37 says, “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.” The Amplified says, “…restore me to vigorous life and health in Your ways.” We know from Isaiah 55:9 that God’s ways are higher than our ways.

We might consider that silence is counterproductive. I certainly did when the Lord first led me into this part of my relationship with Him. Entering into a time of silence before the Lord, greatly agitates our hidden flesh.

I did not like naps when I was small. I found them a huge disruption to what I wanted to do. That is a great picture of our flesh~silence disrupts our flesh’s agenda. A few hours ago, an elderly neighbor, her daughter, great grandsons, and two dogs walked by.

The noise brought me to my window to see what all the racket was. I smiled. They were having a delightful outing, but it broke through my quiet space. Our flesh is so happy when it is the center of attention.


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