What May We Find Hidden Within?
This scene can be viewed in many ways. Someone may be camping on the beach for a mini-vacation. Children may be using this tent for a dressing room, changing out of wet suits to dry clothing. Perhaps a new mother is enjoying the privacy provided within to nurse her infant while her family members are out building sand castles chasing the waves.
A time to escape from daily duties and chores at home is a wonderful opportunity. To take a moment to make new memories and relax is a gift to be enjoyed. Even if we can’t get away to the coast, we can step outside and look up at the stars at night. Camping in the back yard, or playing silly games can be a great way to restore our health and gain a new mindset.
It is an awesome experience to be able to lay down under the stars and see the heavens declare the Glory of God. What we observe is beyond our human comprehension, yet we can celebrate by acknowledging a beauty words can not describe. Knowing we can share this experience with others, or enjoy quiet moments to reflect on the universe, is free of charge and a gift provided night after night for all to enjoy.
DRY AND BARREN LAND ONCE COVERED WITH WATER
When words fail us and there is nothing else to say, then we may be still and wait. Prayers are silent, nothing is spoken. Mercy and Grace work together at times when we can do nothing. Feeling dry and thirsty, dehydrated and lacking spiritual water, we might see a mirage while desperately needing an oasis.
Unheard screams crying in the desert. All attempts to deaden the pain only poison the soul. Silence is deafening and painful groans are muffled. Each one of us will eventually walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Forsaking fantasies of future pleasures as they fade away to the stark realities of the painful now. Living in the past, mentally descending to memories of forbidden fruit, youthful lusts, or the once strong resolve to accomplish a certain goal that didn’t happen robs us of our present.
There are times the present, (now) is to hard to accept, therefore we may project ourselves into something futuristic or plunge ourselves back in the past to escape. The reality that a broken heart still keeps beating is hard to accept because it is so painful.
These are the times we are tested and can practice becoming comfortable with being silent. Facing a life and death situation, when the pain is too great to be able to communicate with others, we have to trust that even our presence, while being silent, plays a supportive role. Silence is the sound of rest and restoration. Stillness is a sign of inner confidence and strength, a calmness in a storm, trusting God that all is well.
There are times in life when silence and stillness is the only doorway to the spiritual dimension where God lives. It is there where we may find a peace that passes all understanding, yet how many dare to enter into that place?