It can be hard work getting quiet!
God says to us, “Be still, and know that I am God” and “in 7 quietness and confidence is your strength!” We have to make time 8 to be quiet, though. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 even says that we need to “study to be quiet.” 9 Maybe you’ve tried taking some quiet time with God, and the minute you’re still and waiting, your mind gets hit with hundreds of thoughts, worries, or reminders. If that’s the case, it may help to have some props to help you to get into that restful mode. I’ve found that music clears my mind, so I’ve put together a playlist of songs that help me do this. Each person is different, though, and you’ll have to discover how you enjoy meditating and what works best for
you right now. Just realize that those preferences or methods may change as you or your situation changes.
For example, if sitting still and doing nothing makes you antsy, then you could try meditating while on a walk or a bike ride. Or if being outdoors doesn’t do it for you, find a cozy spot in your house or someplace else you enjoy being, and take your quiet time there. It doesn’t matter what you do or where you are when you’re meditating, the idea is to take some time alone, where it is just you and God. Don’t put pressure on yourself to accomplish anything during this time or to experience any specific feelings; just enjoy the quiet, think on God’s love and goodness, and see what it does for you.
Here’s a meditation exercise you could try, to help you to get into that quiet mood:
Imagine a scene of a confusing, noisy city in rush hour, with horns blaring, hundreds of people rushing along the sidewalks and crossing the streets, just general mayhem and confusion. But now close the door on that scene and open another door that introduces you to a scene of fields of grass and beautiful flowers, or a scene of undiscovered waterfalls where everything is lush and pure and clean. Or a scene of towering majestic mountains with their snowcapped peaks, where views are breathtaking and there is always a refreshing breeze.
The world is here for you to enjoy, to appreciate, and to help you connect with God. He is in all of the beautiful creation around you‚ and by appreciating it, you are appreciating Him.
10 I think there is something magical about meditation. When I’m alone and silent with God, I feel Him nearer. Meditation helps to bring my mind and heart closer to God’s. It gives me greater understanding of His Word and helps me align my perspectives with His and live my life as I believe He wants me to.
I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses. And the voice I hear, Falling on my ear The Son of God discloses. And He walks with me And He talks with me And He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share, as we tarry there None other has ever known. —Charles Austin Miles (1868–1946)