Text: Psalm 46:10, Proverbs 31:10-31
Quiet time. It’s a phrase that gets thrown around by many of us in the throes of our busy days. Ministry. Motherhood. Work. Volunteering. Quiet time is squeezed in at the last moment, a sort of desperate measure to regain balance and focus.
Business and productivity can be wonderful things. Even the Proverbs 31 woman is described as one who “watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” But at the end of the passage, when it comes down to it, her life is not well spent simply because she was busy. Because she is “a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”
As “women who fear the Lord,” there is a tug between busyness and quiet. Life may be too busy for some, but for others of us it is more quiet than we’d like. Maybe we feel lost and afraid after losing a job. Or we’ve left a city full of friends for the promise of a new start. Maybe we long for a home filled with family, or maybe we’ve just sent our last child off to college.
For we who struggle with unexpected or unwanted silence, it can become hard to find meaning in the days we spend waiting, hoping, and learning patience. Quietness can be a heavy burden to a soul that longs for a different sound.
Let us not waste or wish away these quiet seasons of our lives. The longer these times stretch, the more tempting it is to fill them with things that simply take up that space or turn up the noise. Let us ask the Lord how He would have us use this time.
Sweet sisters, dare to rest fully in God in times of quiet – whether chosen or handed to you. And be thankful, for even in the silence, He is right there.
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God: my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5
For an added layer of worship and study, we chose a beloved hymn for each day of our Give Thanks plan. Today, we invite you to listen to “To Christ The Lord” as we dwell on the truth of God’s word together.