Parker Palmer once wrote that the "soul is shy" (Source). Like a wild animal, spotting our soul — our most authentic self — is rare.
You don't spot elusive creatures by crashing into the woods, singing like a Disney princess. Noise and clamor scare us into hiding.
We spot our skittish selves by sitting by a tree — still and silent. We wait. Wait. And wait some more. And after a bit more stillness and silence, a sighting!
Here are some benefits of sitting in silence with Jesus.
Brings insight and clarity to your life.
Takes you deeper into your authentic self in Christ.
Helps you taste & see that the Lord is good.
Helps you digest and metabolize challenging emotions.
Creates space to pay attention to your inner world.
Helps you become more comfortable in your skin.
While this list is not exhaustive, I hope it compels you into more regular silence.
But let's be honest — fear keeps us from silence. We're concerned about what we'll find and if we can handle it.
Will I spot a beautiful fawn or a crazed, mangled bear?
You won't know until you're still and quiet. But you'll be okay because Jesus will be with you.
Remember that silence won't annihilate you; it will deliver you. Why? Because Jesus is our Savior.
"For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation." - Psalm 62:1
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