I woke up this morning with these words in my head, and they have been hovering ever since... "Be Silent, be silent, be silent before Him." It turns out they are part of an old Hymn, "The Lord is in His Holy Temple" (William James Kirpatrick) , that I used to play often as a prelude in my church-piano playing days. It comes from a verse from Habakkuk 2:20 in the Old Testament.
I know now that Amy Grant also recorded that song, and we have played it many times.
The words have not left me and I have pondered them all morning. One of the devotionals I read earlier this week by Henri Nouwen talked of taking all our thoughts and turning them into prayers. I was trying to practice that this morning, and sometimes it is like trying to herd a thousand cattle into a tiny coral... I can hear the baying of cattle, and really, it isn't silent at all.
Even in the silence of the morning, my mind can be noisy. The pressures of the day, the uncertainties of life, the cares we have for people we love dearly all can weigh heavily and chase the mind in all sorts of directions, not all of them pleasant.
So as I lay there, at first light, I tried to practice turning those thoughts into prayers. And this ancient verse turned hymn, kept singing in my head... "Be silent... be silent." And it seemed to me God saying... I am enough just for today... so I lay in silence and thought on that for a while.
So off I go... with those words in my heart, and I thought I'd share them for encouragement as well. God is enough. Be silent before Him. Let His quietness and peace settle our hearts.