Today I am visiting Lisa – Jo for Five Minute Friday. We write for five minutes on a specific word, no editing, no back tracking, just five minutes of whatever God places on our hearts. Please take a moment to click hereand join in the fun. The word for today is….. Quiet.
The snow falls softly to the ground as I drive down the lonesome country back road. I pull over to the side and get out of my car and walk to a clearing in the distance. I hear the snow crunch underneath my feet as I walk towards the woods to take in the beauty of the winter wonderland. The crisp chill of the air awakens my lungs as I breathe in deep to take in the quiet that surrounds me. I am a solitary traveler, who’s wandered into a world of my own where no outside noise can wear away at who I really am.
I find that the older I get, and the further I progress into my cancer journey, quiet is something I crave. It’s something I need that makes me whole and renews life to my weary soul. I don’t like the noise of the outside world. When I’m in the car the radio is something I rarely listen to. At times the unheard, deafening noise from the chaos of social media makes me want to unplug and retreat with no option of return.
The constant sounds of the expectations of what should or should not be done, remind me of a wood pecker that used to constantly peck on the metal chimney on the roof of our home. The noise from both is deafening and difficult to tune out.
The light slowly begins to fade and I stand in the quite of the dusk as I realize how important this feeling of peace is to me. It gives me energy. It gives me life. It heals the scars that time has placed on the reality of who I really am.
The silence is broken as I hear the cracking of branches coming from behind a tree. Then I see the beautiful deer standing so majestically and proud, letting me know that this was his home. In the solace of this place the Lord reminds me of the verse found in Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” It’s in the quiet and stillness where my hope is renewed because it’s there where my true hope and peace in God is found.
Lisa – Jo