a Treasure Trove Thursday event
I was rereading my journals recently. It makes me wonder sometimes about who I used to be. Sometimes I marvel at how intelligently I could communicate some truth about life.
Most of the time I’m convinced I was incredibly stupid.
(I digress. As usual.)
Anyway, so I was rereading my journals, and in one of them, I found an entry that had a couple quotes about silence and my own thoughts on the subject.
(I’d like to take a moment to mention that it upsets me that the two people whose quotes I am about to share were both mathematicians. This means I can’t have a undying and pure hatred against mathematicians, which in my opinion, is unfortunate. Disclaimer: I do not actually hate mathematicians. I simply don’t understand them, seeing as I neither like it nor am good at it.)
Pythagoras (he’s the one who came up with the Pythagorean Theorem) said this:
Learn to be silent. Let your quiet mind listen and absorb.
I will never forgive Pythagoras for coming up with the Pythagorean Theorem, but hey, at least the guy was smart in other areas too, eh?
Blaise Pascal (I don’t remember what he did, thank goodness, because I also don’t care) said this:
All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.
I wouldn’t quite agree with the fact that all man’s miseries come from inability to sit in solitude, but I will agree that a fair amount of them do. Mainly because I believe we spend too much time running around like Martha.
As in, like this:
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Mary has chosen what is better.
Well, what was that better thing Jesus was talking about?
Martha chose to freak out about everything she hadn’t done yet, when all Jesus wanted her to do was sit and listen to what He had to say, like Mary had. That’s what was better. To listen to her Savior, and let Him draw her closer.
That’s what He wants from us today. He wants us to stop the busyness of our lives and just draw nearer to Him. He wants us to listen to Him–really, truly listen.
Up to this point in the post I had been listening to music, but, in the habit of brutal honesty (I ought to write a book on it, I bring it up so much), I thought that if I was encouraging you to take time out of your day and listen to Jesus, I had better do it too. If I believe what I’m saying, my actions will prove it to you. So the music is off now and I am going to let Jesus speak to me, even as He also speaks through me.
I have spent much more time rambling in this post than I should have. So I’ll stop now, because you’re not supposed to be listening to me. You’re supposed to be listening to Jesus.
I am going to beg–yes, beg, and no, I never beg–you now to listen to whatever God might be telling you.
I want you to scroll down slowly through this white space, seeing nothing, reading nothing, just letting the time that you scroll down this white space be a time of thinking and reflecting.
Before you think you don’t have the time, I assure you that white space would otherwise be filled with more of my rambling and I’m pretty sure you’d read that, and it would take you about as long as it will to scroll down slowly and let Jesus speak to you.
So turn off, mute, or otherwise silence every possible noise you can, and just listen.
God bless you as you go on your way from here.