I closed my eyes in the struggle to quiet my thoughts and settle my heart. I was having trouble this morning finding the stillness within to ponder a bit of scripture, to make space for the Spirit to illumine the words before me. My old antique clock–the one that hung in my childhood home and now keeps time in my grownup home–tick-tocked loudly from its place on the wall just above my head, reminding me that I was losing precious time…
When I was younger, I measured time in years. As I grew older, months became the unit of measure. Growing older still, it was measured in weeks, then days. Now sometimes it feels like I measure time by the hour, if not by the minute…
A few more minutes passed as I tried to tame my mind, and I gradually became aware that the steady rhythm of the clock’s pendulum had quieted. With a sigh, I realized that I had forgotten once again to fetch the old key and wind her up–a must for antique clocks!
For a moment or two, the silence seemed deafening.
But in the absence of that noisy tick-tocking reminder of time marching by, I became aware of other sounds, the sweeter sounds of a new day…
…a mourning dove’s gentle coo
…the sweet song of the windchimes outside my window
…a cardinal’s joyful trill.
My mind quieted and my heart settled as I simply listened. The Spirit was indeed illumining me, tuning my heart to the heart of Creator God. I was being invited to let time stand still while I communed with God, sharing his delight in his beloved creation. In those quiet moments I also sensed his whispered reminder that I, too, am his beloved creation.
My prayer for you today is that you would allow time to stand still for a bit, inviting the Holy Spirit to quiet your noisy world…and in that silence and solitude you would experience God’s joy in all his creation…especially in you.