Really Quiet Moments

I have a friend who talks about RQM (Really Quiet Moments). For her, those moments are a time to pause, stop talking, and listen more intently to God.

I have another friend—whose job involves the constant use of the spoken and written word—tell me that upon her death, she wants this description etched on her tombstone: “I ran out of words.”

I understand both of these friends. Besides being an editor at WMU, I also serve as a bi-vocational pastor. I understand the need to be quiet at times. By the time I’ve preached two sermons on Sunday, talked with countless church members and guests, attended commitment meetings, and etc., I’m ready to head home and enjoy some peace and quiet. No words spoken. No words heard. Just quiet.

Ever have those moments? Ever desire to run out into the woods, get away from everyone, and just be alone?

If you have those moments, you are in good company. Jesus often separated Himself from His disciples and the crowds of people following Him. Jesus went into the desert at the beginning of His ministry to fast, pray, and be alone. Jesus asked the disciples to push His boat away from the shore so that He could get away from the noise of those pressing against Him. Jesus, on the night before His death, went into the garden to pray and focus on the task at hand.

Really quiet moments.

Those moments can be good and productive moments. Quiet times allow us to focus on God’s will for our lives. Quiet moments allow us to recharge our drained spiritual, mental, and physical batteries. Pausing to listen, think, pray, and focus can be good for all of us.

If you are in need of some RQM, find a way today to get what you need. Take your Bible, a devotional book, a notepad, and a pen, and head out to a local park, a nearby beach, the library, or your prayer closet at home. Unplug from the world around you, the phone in your hand, and the people pressing you for attention. Spend some quality quiet time with your Father. Let Him do the talking. Your job will be to listen—and be quiet.

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