Silent Nights

I’m a night-owl. I can’t help it. Ever since childhood, I can remember never being tired when I was supposed to be. Sure, I had bedtimes, but that didn’t keep me from laying awake in my bed. Even now, as an adult who routinely wakes up before 7am every morning, I still can’t fall asleep until at least midnight.

But there are benefits. It’s quiet at night. Life with four kids is… well… it’s noisy. There are arguments, conversations, squeals of laughter, screams of delight, sobs of disappointment and that’s just breakfast. So when night falls, and children are fast asleep, I enjoy my peace. I can read, relax, watch TV and, most importantly, talk with God.

I keep a journal by my bed. I don’t write in it everyday, but I write often. I write down my fears (can I really do this God?) My successes (I can’t believe You did this God!) My failures (I can’t believe what I did God.) And my hopes (Will you really do this God?) Every once in a while, I leaf through my past writings and reflect.

“Boy, I was immature.”
“Man, I can’t believe how great God is.”
“Wow, I really lacked some faith there.”

Then these reflections grow into conversations as God reveals Himself to me through out my life’s journey. He tells me how He seasoned me and prepared me. He reminds me of how He provides for me. He encourages me to have even more faith to trust His way instead of my own.

Without my quiet night time there would be no conversations. No reflections. No perspective. No relationship with God. So my question is: what’s the noise in your life? Is it kids? Finances? Job? Relationship troubles? Health Issues? Addictions? Whatever is making noise, you need to find a way to put it to bed. God speaks loudest in the silent moments. Remember Elijah and the “small voice”? That came in the midst of chaotic noise. When you want to hear God loud and clear, you need silence. Turn off the cell phone. Unplug the TV. Log off your computer and, as the Psalmist prescribes, “be still and know that [He is] God.”

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