“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” – Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)
Many years ago, the Lord took me on an unusual spiritual journey into stillness. My normal habit was to get up early in the morning for a time of devotion and prayer. I couldn’t really call this time with the Lord a “quiet time” because my spirit was anything but quiet as I poured out my problems and the problems of people I knew before the throne of God. I had learned a couple of methods of praying and diligently followed one or the other every day. When I finished the prescribed outline, I said “amen” and went on with my day.
One particular morning though, it was as if the Lord had muzzled me. I couldn’t say anything. I sat for about forty-five minutes and wondered what was happening.
This continued for about three weeks. I simply sat before the Lord, saying nothing. As the days went on, I began to notice a change in my spirit. The stress, anxiety and anguish lessened. Peace arose within me and increased with each passing day. The Lord had reached through the inner turmoil of my life, touched my soul, and declared, “Peace, be still.”
Then one morning, I was surprised to hear the voice of the Lord.