Monday, April 03, 2006
Spiritual Disciplines: Solitude and Silence
Ever get tired? That is me today…time to unplug and rest and clear my mind of distractions.
If you read throughout scripture we see that many writers agree that to speak much is a vice and to keep silent is a virtue. Although Jesus did teach he also spent time alone using it for prayer and reflection. This spiritual discipline is probably the most necessary of them all. As Richard Foster once said “silence involves more than the absence of speech, but always the act of listening.” Foster develops the idea that simply not talking is not silence, but one must also listen to GOD.
We need times of silence and solitude so that we can listen better, so that we can hear what GOD is saying to us. Also we need silence and solitude so that we can learn from ourselves when we turn off all the stimuli around us, that is so much a part of our world.
So today, I unplug, turn off and disengage and attempt to listen to what GOD has to say to me. I wonder if each of us really desire, but also fear being plugged into GOD? Because when that happens we much confront our deadliest sins and darkest doubts and it is at times not a great place to be. Many people cannot handle silence and just being alone. I encourage you to try it. Better yet, I challenge you to do it! Spend a half day and just unplug, go to a park, out in the country, take a walk. For some it is scary and lonely and for others even oppressive, but let me encourage you that often it turns into joy and peace, after a time.
Love to hear your thoughts.
Posted by SoulPastor at 12:33 AM