At the end of last year my friend Melissawrote a series of posts that stroke down into my heart. She wrote about the importance of living a quiet life, about reducing the noises, the noises around us and the ones that we ourselves generate, which try to drown down the Word of God in our hearts.
The more I have been thinking on her words and the more I have considered the Scriptures on this matter, I have decided to name this new year “Living Quietly.”
These two passages will be the foundation of my daily walk this year:
“But we urge you brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders…” (I Thessalonians 4: 11-12)
“[Wives] let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” (I Peter 3:4)
It seems appropriate to me that in a year in which our family will be –for sure- experiencing lots of different and big changes, a year in which I know my heart will be easily drawn to be worried and feel uneasy, I will live reminding myself of the importance of living a quiet life before the Lord, a life in which like Aaron, I will learn to hold my peace.
What do I mean by “living a quiet life”? I am not referring to some ethereal state of the mind or of the soul. I am referring to something tangible and real. Living a quiet life means, first of all, that I will have to turn off the noises, the distractions that try hard to suffocate the Word of God in my heart. This means that I will have to be intentional and very careful on how I spend my time, and on what I read (specially on the web). It also means that I will have to continue being very careful on what I share in this space; it is my prayer that when you, dear friend, come here, you won’t find futile noises that will become a distraction to you, but that you will find wise words that will point you always to Jesus.
Living a quiet life also means that I will strive this year with all my heart for one thing, one thing above all the rest: to seek God –Psalm 27- (I will be sharing more about this in an upcoming post).
Living a quiet life means that I will aspire to mind my own affairs, to do the work that the Lord has placed before me each day with all joy and trusting in Him alone. Not worrying about the day after, but living in fullness the day in front of me is living a quiet life.
A quiet life is one that murmurs prayers all day, one that cooks yummy food and sets a pretty table. It is a life that looks for opportunities to serve others –starting with my husband and children-. A quiet life is the one that takes the time to listen attentively, that is slow to anger, to speak or judge. It is a life in which meekness can flourish.
Living a quiet life means resting on God’s promises and trusting that He is able to do what He wants to do in my life and the life of those I dearly love. Living a quiet life is a life that recognizes that God is sovereign and all mighty, that nothing can destroy His perfect plan.
A quiet life is lived under the mighty hand of a merciful God.
Because of His unfailing grace,
* A book that I will be reading more than once this year is: The Quest for Meekness and Quietness of Spirit by Matthew Henry