This morning, on my drive to take my son to work, while his ‘67 Mustang looks GREAT, nicely parked waiting for a new engine, he is successfully deposited and I sit quietly on my way back home. There is no music, no radio, and no deep-toned voice reading to me the book of Hebrews. While the car was quiet, I too sensed a ‘quieting’ coming over me. As the quiet caught my attention, I began to thank the Lord – I KNEW it was Him. To be very frank, my mind is usually firing in multiple directions. (SQUIRREL!) But not today. Quiet. There was Presence. There was peace. It is amazing how God knows what and when we need to experience Him – His acceptance, comforting, renewing, and refreshing. This verse came to mind:
“The LORD your God is with you,
He is mighty to save;
He will take great delight in you;
He will quiet you with His love;
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
– Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV, emphasis mine)
To put this verse in context, in Zephaniah’s day, the Lord had brought judgment for the sins of the people, He speaks of lifting His hand on those who come humbly and trust in the name of the Lord, now He is rejoicing and He is restoring. He is now comforting, renewing, and refreshing. You can almost hear the tender whisper: “He will quiet you with His love.” How many of us can use some renewing – some quieting? Perhaps we need to stop trying to fill the quiet, turn the noise off. Perhaps the quiet is our God trying to get our attention. His Presence, His peace. Do whatever it takes to not miss it, miss Him.
Thank you, Lord, for the pause of YOU! For being a ‘with you’ God, and because You love us, You quiet us.
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)