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A Season of Quiet. Learning to Listen

 

There is so much quiet in my life right now. This is a season and will not always be the case. I believe God has placed me in this season of quiet so that I can better hear and see Him.  As difficult as it is, I want to lean into this season. To see His purpose and hear His message is my heart’s desire. I want to grow in Him. The intense work that is going on in my heart requires quiet and time.

I think back to another opportunity for a season of quiet when I didn’t lean in.  That time became a season of waste as I flitted from one thing to another to fill the void of open time.  It has been over ten years since that last opportunity to embrace a quiet season and I still regret wasting away that year by filling it with unnecessary noise and busyness. I sometimes wonder if my life now would be different if I had handled that precious opportunity with greater care and a heart open to the Lord’s leading.  I don’t want to make that mistake again.

Quiet is very uncomfortable for me.  Lack of busyness makes me question my purpose. Yet without quiet in my life how will I hear the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit?  I know there are going to be next steps for me to take in my journey here on Earth. I want them to be the right next steps, the steps led by a Heavenly Father who sees the whole picture. My view is obstructed and shortsighted.  I want to live by His view.

So I wait and listen with eager anticipation. I trust His plan.  His timing is best. I lean in to listen.  I wait and I pray that I will hear His words in this quiet space and that someday when I look back on this opportunity for growth and renewal that I will recognize it as a defining time in my walk with my Heavenly Father.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.

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