Not a creature is stirring, not even the church bats.
For many, the silence here could be deafening but for me it is welcomed. Release time, confirmation and Wednesday Night Live are done for the year. My secretary doesn’t work on Wednesdays. My cell phone is on vibrate. The lights are off (except for the light shining through my office window). And the only potential noise is the church phone or a surprise visitor (both of which may startle me if they happen). So for the time being I am enjoying the silence (I just wish I could fix this squeaky desk chair then all would be good).
I do have things to accomplish today (and they will get done) but this pastor needs some silence for a while:
 And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. (1 Kings 19:11-12 ESV)
 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10 ESV)
Hmmm…God encourages silence, day dreaming and just being still. I like that. You don’t need to be moving all the time to be doing the work of the Lord. You don’t need to be talking all the time to be communing with God. You don’t need to be with people all the time to be productive. Sometimes it is just about you and God; alone, together and in silence.
But don’t take my word for it, read your Bible.
Silence your phone.
Lock your door.
Hide from the world.
Resist the blinking notification lights on your phone or tablet.
Don’t respond to that text message you just got.
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
You have God’s permission.
The pastor -|—