“Learn to be quiet, for His Voice is heard in stillness. And His Judgment comes to all who stand aside in quiet listening, and wait for Him. (M-15.2)”
1 – Benign Judgment
“His Judgment” is not bad; we only make mistakes, and these can be corrected. If we cannot make amends with the person whom we have wronged, we can still ask forgiveness in quietness, and on some level we will be heard. The Judgment of which this passage speaks is coming from the Holy Spirit, God’s Communicator with us. It is always a benign judgment.
2 – Quiet
We cannot live well unless we live, at least from time to time, in quiet. My quiet time used to be three times a day, which I spent in meditation. This went on for ten years, and then six years ago I began to pray more, and I was quiet in that way. Prayer works for me when I pray aloud, and frequently I do so when driving the car. I do concentrate on the road, of course, but I am carrying on, also, a conversation with God. Despite the noise of the car and the road, I know this time as a particularly effective quiet time.
3 – Listening
We must try to follow God’s Way for us. And we learn this Way in quiet listening. Sometimes the Answer will come in a quiet “knowing,” and sometimes in just the next quiet words that come into our minds. Sometimes we experience a feeling that we attribute to intuition. There is no limit to the ways that the Holy Spirit can and does speak with us.
4 – Personal Experience
My favorite quiet time is early in the morning, before my husband awakes. I slip out of the bedroom, and find an easy chair in our study. There I sit quietly, thinking, sometimes, of the day ahead. This time alone, before the day begins, is a very effective way to get close to God in my thinking. If I miss this time, I know it. So I try not to miss being alone first thing in the morning.
I would be still and quiet a bit today, to hear Your Voice. I would relax, so that my body accommodates to my wish to hear You. I would listen with a warm and soft heart. Help me to do all of these things, for without Your help I am lost.
Be with me today. I have already done a good bit of work this morning, and I am already tired. If I could relax during my work, I could get along better and for longer periods of time. Help me to do this tomorrow morning. And today: Help me to relax today even as I continue to work.
Be with all my loved ones. I cannot control their destinies, but I do turn them over to You. And I turn myself over to You also. As always.