Quiet words and silent sentences

"But Jesus often withdrew to lonely [deserted] places and prayed." (Luke 5:16)
"But Jesus often withdrew to lonely [deserted] places and prayed." (Luke 5:16)

In the lonely places

 

Listen to these words: quiet, lonely, restful, stillness, silence, contemplation, solitude.

Quiet words taking the form of silent sentences. These are what I had been missing? And too often these are what I am yet missing today. Just reading these words, in connection with Jesus, gives my heart peace. Only in Jesus, does the quiet place, the lonely place, become a place of safety and security; a place of love and growth; a place where confidence and strength is gained. Without Jesus, the quiet, lonely place is only dark, cold and lonely.

Jesus went to His lonely place with His Father. Jesus declared that He is One with His Father. Jesus promised that He is also one with those Father has given Him; His believing followers. Therefore…because Jesus and I are one…in Jesus…Father and I are one and there is holy fellowship in the Spirit. Not in the sense of equality, but one in the sense of fellowship, communion, family. Jesus came to show the world what being the family of God encompasses.

Quiet words and silent sentences…the speaking of the heart to the Father in the Spirit. Silently bringing the restfulness of the Spirit to the soul. The “real” quiet, “real” silence which belongs to the Spirit of the Living God.

In this age of – networking – action – doing – distracting excitement –continual, moving drama/adventure…Jesus’ action appears to be a let down. Jesus got up…He left the house…and prayed.

What?! That’s it! He prayed!

Today we are enculturated to expect action – indeed, to even demand it. To “do” something – anything…is the cultural battle cry. Yet, Jesus, powerful Lord of all; He, through whom all was created, the powerful, creative, all-encompassing Word of God, Jesus Christ of Nazareth…left the house…left the action. He not only did Jesus leave while it was still dark; He left alone. No entourage, alone. Jesus left the place of action, accomplishment, fame, popularity; Purposefully seeking out the lonely, quiet, solitary place.

Lonely in this account does not give the sense of bereft of soul, hopeless. Jesus sought this, purposefully, setting out to attain this place of loneliness…no people, no distractions, no sensation seekers, just Father…only Father, to fully fill His heart, mind and senses with.

Always we will see that Humanity seeks the center. Whereas Jesus sought the lonely fringe places. Jesus was always walking away from the center. Do we?

The only time Jesus sought the center was…when He steadfastly and with holy determination sought the Cross. Even then, Jesus did so in obedience, submission to Father…for our benefit…for Father’s glory.

What do we seek? For whose benefit do we seek it? And for whose glory? …Selah

Wow, hard questions if we were to be rock bottom honest. Humanity wants to say the ‘me’ in me is dead, but both God and we know it is not. In our depraved soul/self there is only darkness and death, and the self-seeking, self-deceptive, self-defeating ‘me.’ There must be recognition, confession, acknowledgement of this truth, while it is yet still dark.

Do not be afraid to get up…leave the companions of darkness…leave the house, the place of the world…seek the solitary place…seek Jesus, seek Father.

Father can only be found in and through Jesus. Go where Jesus is – which is not in the common house of the world. It’s the taking of ourselves up and away from: world expectations; world accomplishments, world ideals that are not ideals at all, but a hunger, grab for fame, power, riches, selfishness, with no room for love, for others, for selflessness in this.

Out of the four gospels recorded, the Gospel of Mark is the most action packed gospel. Too often it is the action that holds our attention, our fascination. Yet Mark wanted that the reader would to be arrested by verses like Mark 1:35. (In the morning, while it was still very dark, He [Jesus] got up and went out to a deserted place, and there He prayer.)

There in the middle of all the action and excitement – is quietness. The action looked upon with awe –all that power and authority. Yet the real power, the real authority lies in the quiet communion with God. These privileged in these interludes with God Jesus had that which aught to hold our attention, our fascination.

Do we want exciting action or do we want to see God?

Do we want to hear applause and adulation or do we want to hear God?

God has made Himself available, do we want to seek Him?

It is up to us to get up…leave the place of comfort and self-delusion – and go – seek God…listen and commune, to pray. Be comforted and strengthened by this restful insight from Henri Nouwen’s book “Out of Solitude” regarding Mark 1:35,

“The more I read this nearly silent sentence locked in between the loud words of action, the more I have the sense that the secret of Jesus is hidden in that lonely place where He went to pray, early in the morning, long before dawn.” (pgs 13/14)

© 2010 UlrikeGrace

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24 comments

coffeesnob 6 years ago

UlrikeGrace

Good thoughts. such a paradox. I love the lonely quiet place and I sometimes avoid it - When I find that place and struggle to stay because of worries, fears etc...it seems to close in on me, but When I meet Jesus there and pay attention to Him - it comes alive, or rather he comes alive in me.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks Coffeesnob...Jesus is our best encouragement for the Quiet places...and if we go in Him...amazing...we are there...may Hebless you in your place with Him.


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Saintatlarge 6 years ago from Canada

David learnt how to get to this place in this short Psalm, here are two of the three verses.

My heart is not proud, O LORD,

my eyes are not haughty;

I do not concern myself with great matters

or things too wonderful for me.

But I have stilled and quieted my soul;

like a weaned child with its mother,

like a weaned child is my soul within me. Ps 131.1,2

Love this , "My heart is not too proud."

i have enjoyed a muse of delight and stopped to ponder on your thought. Thank You UG, blessings L.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

I like that...But I have stilled and quieted my soul...brings me to a question...can we, do we have the power to quiet our own souls?

Thanks for the comment...

In Christ Ulrike Grace


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Coffeesnob,

Indeed, "There in the middle of all the action and excitement – is quietness. The action looked upon with awe –all that power and authority. Yet the real power, the real authority lies in the quiet communion with God."

I have learned that one of the most important aspects of my spiritual life is the pauses of rest, silence of grace. It is a peace undisturbed by surrounding events and cannot be intruded upon by the fiercest winds of adversity.

Blessings!

Forever His,


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Saintatlarge 6 years ago from Canada

UG to try to help you with your question and answer you. Yes we do have power, to use your word. It's a learning curve in understanding how our "spirit" works with Holy Spirit within us in relation to our soul.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks RevLady it is the most blessed place to be...oh that we would be content to walk and live there always. But baby steps...sit, stand and then walk...we'll get it...

Saintatlarge:

You are a blessing...yes, I wasn't thinking of the empowerment of the Spirit within our spirit...and boy is it a learning curve. A three steps forward and two back...but as long as I am always gaining by at least one step I praise God! Thanks all for your encouragement!


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

'Be still,and know that I am'-beautiful hub.


rls4Immanuel 6 years ago

Yes Ulrike Grace this is very true but it is a very challenging and scary place for most. It is a place that requires a belief in the goodness and faithfulness of God. It is also a place where outside of the moving of the Holy Spirit, deception is a danger. We must be submitted and close to Father if we expect to hear His voice.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Absolutely...peace is needed...quiet is needed...for the sake of true intimacy with the Spirit. Once HE brings us there, once we quit manipulating the time and faithfully focus on the Lord, fear falls away, reverance stays and guides us the rest of the way. It takes time...patience and constant trust, not to rush ahead or lag behind.

Thanks for you comments

Blessings

UG


WALT 6 years ago

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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Walt for the compliment...graciously recieved...however I must sy there are some great Hubs and Hubbers on here...

Blessings to you

UlrikeGrace


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jessdeaton 6 years ago from Stockton Ca.

Quiet mediation in the Word of God and fellow shipping with Him is the most empowering activity we can do.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

I agree, its getting quiet inside that can be difficult...Blessings UlrikeGrace


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

The holy spirit comes through good words. And it proved to me. You have great thought about those words. thank you very much.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you prasetio30 for your kind words and encouragement.

Blessings to you

UlrikeGrace


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Cedar Cove Farm 6 years ago from Southern Missouri

Very inspirational and moving. Thank you for sharing these truths.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

You are quite welcome Cedar Cove Farm...I am glad these have inspired you I hope to a closer walk with Jesus. :)

Blessings

UlrikeGrace


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Leptirela 6 years ago from I don't know half the time

interesting :)


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Leptirela ... thanks, glad it cause a space for thought...blessings


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Kristeen 6 years ago from Michigan

When I have my quiet moments with God before I start my day things always seem to fall into place better. It helps me be aware of His presence in all I do and it helps me to remember why I am here, that being to serve the Lord.

Great hub Grace. God bless you!


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Kristeen; sorry for the long wait...I am just getting back to some kind of routine after our long journey...thanks for your comments...being ever mindful of God in our lives put so much in perspective. They may be quiet moments but they are life changing...bless you for reading...Kristeen

UlrikeGrace


Fred Joseph 5 years ago

tnx 4 the sentence i am writting a book on the power of quietness i need more insights thanks


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

Fred Jospeh, you are welcome. May the words God inspired and enabled me to write be a blessing to you and an honor to Him! Thanks for stopping in and having a read. Which sentence are you refering to? Blessings to you Ulrike Grace

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