Silence In Heaven
28 December 2016
Reading: Revelation 5-9
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 the end of 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 London 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 life gets pressured and the schedule is frenetic, it’s easy to lose the center. When I’m rushing from one thing to the next, being late for the next meeting before this one is even over, having to say “No” to the most important things because I’ve said “Yes” to so many other things, it’s easy to lose the center.
Maybe it’s just me, but I need to take a half-hour of silence in my world every day (I do that pretty consistently). I also need to take a quiet, restful day every week, and two or three quiet, restful periods of at least a few days each year, like God wrote into Israel’s calendar (I don’t do that part as well!).
What’s your half-hour of silence? I encourage you to see the value in practicing a 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.
Father, Please teach me how to build both the sound of trumpets and the seasons of silence—the call to responsible action and the call to restful quiet—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.