Have you ever gone off somewhere to just be quiet?
Maybe it was just closing the door to your office. Maybe you left the office to sit on the bench outside. Maybe you just wanted to get out of the house and sit in the garden for a bit, or maybe you just took a drive.
Did you notice how unquiet it was?
I teach at a high school and as I write this I am sitting on a bench outside in one of my free lessons. It’s noisy.
But God is here.
He’s with me.
He’s with the guy mowing the lawn.
He’s with the university students across the road shouting and laughing between lectures.
He’s with the policeman who’s driving the car in the distance I can hear.
He’s with the guys walking past the fence.
Whether or not they’re all conscious of Him is another question but that’s why I’m here. I’ve got a crazy busy week and today is feeling a bit manic. I’ve taken just ten minutes to find God and reset my system.
I’ve realized that the ten minutes of peace and quiet that I thought I would find is not going to happen, but that it can be a ten minutes of solitude where, even in the noise around me, I can find God.
Jesus used to take time. Luke 5:16 (NIRV) tells us that “Jesus often went away to be by himself and pray.”
Juliet Funt calls this making “whitespace” which can help us cope with the frenetic pace of work and lead to greater productivity.
I like her idea, more productivity is always a bonus. But I’m here for God. I’ve learnt over the last few months that when I’m distracted by a busy schedule, or a day when I feel like I am running around without my head, then I have the tendency to react badly to people and situations.
When I’m plugged into The Lord I can be patient and kind. I’m reasonable. When I’m distracted I get impatient. I can get sarcastic. I misjudge situations and I snap at learners or colleagues.
Not today though, because today I allowed myself time to decompress. I looked for The Lord and He showed up among the noise and bustle of everyone’s everyday life to remind me that He’s here.
He’s always here if we just take a few moments to draw near to Him and find Him.