I have often found that silence is a way into God’s presence. Recently I was in a group where we were led in a meditation designed to enable us to go into the silence of God’s presence.
We started with the line :
”Be still and know that I am God”
then it was repeated, but each time using one word less until we were left with the word ‘Be’. The cycle of words was repeated.
I used this method again last week, but not exactly the same. I settled into quiet and started but stayed with each phrase for a few repeats before going onto the next one. These are the phrases I used:
Be still and know that I am God
Be still and know that I AM
Be still and know
I offer this to you as a suggestion for a way into silence. Be in the silence as long as feels comfortable before going onto the next phrase or repeat. You may find that you are in the silence with no desire to repeat any words….. simply ‘be’.
The image for this post is a picture I did many years ago and have stuck on the wall where I pray. It is a reminder to me that I need to take time to be still in God’s presence. The feather reminds me of the promise of God that those who wait on him will soar as on eagles’ wings and the waterfall speaks of ‘deep calls to deep’ from psalm 42. It isn’t my best work of art but was done prayerfully and so aided my prayer when I did it, and aids my prayer now .
I am not sure why I am writing this today. But perhaps someone needs to read it, to be reminded to take time to be still in God’s presence and trust that God is there, regardless of whether or not you feel it. I often don’t ‘feel’ God’s presence and yet after the time of prayer and silence I feel a deep sense of peace. Anyway – I offer this up, praying that whoever reads it will benefit.
Here’s two more pictures that have been the result of prayer and meditation upon a bible verse.