A silent retreat. A necessary escape from our crazy world. Stillness. No human voices. Birds and flowers beckon me to the next bench. Not a hike to achieve a goal, but a prayer walk. Peace as the salve for grief. Wind in the Aspens that are still green. Listen. What do you want? Do you want to hear God? In order to walk with God I need to trust, listen, deal with anxiety, love and be loved.
Isaiah 30:15 “In quietness and confidence is your strength.” NIV
Is my heart ready to hear what God has to say to me today?
A dry lake with an abandoned boat near a field of wildflowers of creamy yellow. The lack of rain and hot sun have dried up the lake. Saying goodbye to this lush beauty and knowing winter is coming. Pay attention to the sounds and bury them in your memories. See the shadows form as the sun appears. I am wanted by God. I am needed by people who can see my glorify God in my struggles. I hear birds, wind, tree leaves and insects but I don’t hear God walking with me in the till waters of my imaginings.
I Kings 19:11 “After the fire, came a gentle whisper.” NIV
What do I hear when I stop the noise?
Upward and Onward with an anticipation of the summit. The Lord will watch over my life as I climb. This is the plan. My sanctification. My transformation to happiness, security, contentment and satisfaction.
Psalms 121:1-2 “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
If I am always hurrying, why? What can I take out of my life to give me more time?