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Silence In Heaven

Silence In Heaven

28 December 2009

Scripture:

When the Lamb broke the seventh seal on the scroll, there was silence throughout heaven for about half an hour. (Revelation 8:1 NLT)

Suddenly, in John’s dramatic vision of the events that signify the end of time and life on earth as we know it, there was a half hour of silence throughout heaven. It’s like God pushed Heaven’s “pause button” and said to John, “Think about what you’ve just experienced and seen and learned. Digest that and get some perspective on things. It’s about to get way more intense and I don’t want you to miss anything here. I don’t want you to make a knee-jerk reaction to what you’re about to see and hear!”

I thought about the calm before the storm, I thought about the intermission at a West End Musical before the climactic ending, I thought about an army preparing for battle as everyone checks their gear, their position, their readiness.

And I thought about my life. When things are pressured and the schedule is frenetic, it’s easy to lose the center. Rushing from one thing to the next, finishing one meeting late, then being late for the next meeting before this one is even over, having to say “No” to the important things because I’ve said “Yes” to so many other things.

Maybe it’s just me, but I need to take a half-hour of silence in my world pretty much every day (I do that pretty consistently). I also need to take a quiet day every week and two or three extended quiet periods of at least a few days each year, like God wrote into Israel’s calendar (I don’t do that very well).

What’s your half-hour of silence? I encourage you to see the value in quiet perspective-getting and processing time. I challenge you to commit to a daily quiet time and work toward at least one seasonal quiet time for the coming year.

Prayer:

Father, teach me how to build both the sound of trumpets and the seasons of silence into the framework and fabric of my life. Help me to live a centered life and then let that “centeredness” influence the lives of those you place near me in my world. Amen.

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