Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Quieter Quiet

From my very young years I have been what is typically called a "morning person". Sitting here this particular morning, I think I understand better why that is: quiet.

What is it about quiet that stirs us; sometimes to deep reverie, other times to anxiousness, or conclusive thought, or laziness? Certainly quiet is kin to many things, both worthy and unworthy.

Here, above the Bitterroot River and nestled amidst the forested mountains of Hamilton, Montana, quiet rules. Oh, there's wind, and the sound of birds, and certainly the steady flow of the river's drift. But quiet has a richer dimension here than the garden variety quiet I find most days, most places. Here, quiet is respectful; rarely interrupting what calms the spirit unless it's to summon more of it.

I'm not so aware of the absence of sound as much as I am the absence of noise.

Right now a thunder storm brews someplace near, yet quiet prevails.

The Lord your God is with you;
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you;
He will quiet you with His love.
He will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

20 comments:

Parsley said...

Nice post! Thanks.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

I so enjoy the quiet of early morning while my hubby, pets and house are still asleep. It's my favorite time of day. I make my cup of tea, read my Bible and devotionals, have prayer time and then I'm ready to face the noises of the day!

Rebecca said...

I, too, am a morning person. I haven't actually analyzed all the reasons for this....it's just how it is. Maybe it IS the stillness. The quiet before the activity and sounds of the day.

The Zephaniah verse is SO calming and assuring.

What a beautiful place you have to start your day! Though we live in a small town, we DO live on a busy highway. So it is seldom actually quiet (but after a while, I don't notice the noise).

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sweetie...
I love this post this morning. It is just beautiful. I too, believe that is why I love to get up so early in the morning. It is so quiet that I can think. My Grand daddy always said the early bird gets the worm, and I remember wondering what he was talking about. I now know. We don't miss the sun rising over the hill. We don't miss the first rooster's crow. We don't miss the roses open to say good morning. We don't miss the dew on the grass.

Isn't morning just beautiful? Thank you for sharing sweet friend. I so love to pop over.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

RCUBEs said...

And I am the opposite...I'm a night owl, been working nights for 20yrs. I love the "quiet" and solitude the nights bring. And the excitement of waiting for what the day brings, as the sun's rays break through the darkness of dawn.

Your post is so calming. Reminding me of the "peace" that comes from Him. That place where "time stands still" it seems. It is being in His presence that cut us off from the noises of this world, no matter where we are, no matter what we do. Sassy, enjoy that REST!!! Sweet!!! God bless.

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

So beautiful my friend. So true!!! I love the Lord and HIS love contents my soul too!!!
Blessings,
Bren

Beth E. said...

Oh, Sassy, I treasure the quiet, too. I am a person who prefers the "absence of noise". While I am also a morning person, I'll take that quiet at any time throughout the day!

The sounds of nature are so soothing and calming. I could almost picture where you were sitting and what you were hearing. Sounds wonderful!

The scripture you chose to go with this post is just what I needed to read this day. Thank you for sharing what God lays upon your heart.

After what our family has enured over the past several weeks, I admit that I am looking forward to the return of my own quiet times in the days ahead.

Hugs...

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

one of my favorite verse is the one in Zephaniah. love it. I love what it conjures up in my mind!

i am also loving the books on your background! I need that!!

Debbie said...

What a wonderful post and way with words you have. I was sitting right there with you hearing and seeing and feeling it all. I have always been a "morning person" too. How I love this time of the day. I enjoy the quiet but I love hearing the world waking up too. The birds start to sing, the coffee pot starts to perk, the traffic begins to go by and if your lucky the babies start calling for their breakfasts. A whole day laying in front of you full of possibilities. Enjoy yours today...HUGS

Anonymous said...

There is a quiet without sound. There is a quiet that wraps the soul in a warm, fuzzy blanket and lulls it into a peaceful sleep.

Just a little something from Judy said...

I am a true blue morning person. Early morning quiet to be alone with my God and my hot cup of coffee...what could be better! Oh, yes one thing could be and that is the amazing facts you shared from Zephaniah. That the Awesome God of the Universe is "rejoicing over me with singing" adds joy unthinkable to my quiet or noisy day.

It sure does sound like you are visiting in my kind of place. Enjoy your day my friend.

Sonja said...

I can just picture you there! Drinking in every sight and sound, or lack of sound...

Enjoy each moment, reality will be right around the corner, as you know. That kind of quiet is so good for our souls!

Hugs!

Saleslady371 said...

Sounds delightful, restful and cool!

Tammy@If Meadows Speak... said...

Quiet is a decluttering of brain matter and a shutting out of modern techie interruptions (ie., cell phones, computers, t.v.'s etc). I pictured you surrounded by God's beauty and HE is there in the midst it all. Creation speaking of Him. Even a window allows me to enjoy it. :)

skoots1mom said...

He IS my refuge...I needed Zephaniah today. thank u!!

Andrea said...

I totally agree....I need the absence of noise!
He is faithful to pour HIMSELF out to me in those quiet times.
Blessings,
andrea

Sheryl said...

wow!! i need to be quieted with HIS LOVE...i have never noticed that before. thank you and love you so!!!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Thanks...I have a few more minutes before the four year old puts his feet on the ground.
I seem to need the quiet and listening!

Loren said...

I will never forget learning that my personality is not one that "Likes" the quiet LOL When I shared that now I love the quiet because i have "chosen" to be in the quiet of my prayer closet and now "Need" the quiet my LifeCoach just laughed and said "Well, with God all things are possible!" I have really learned to Love the quiet and your quiet sounds sooo divine! :)

So glad you are getting away and enjoying your family and having some wonderful R&R after all you have been through! It is much needed !!!

Be refreshed in HIM my dear friend! Praying the Lord blesses each and every moment

Love you

LisaShaw said...

Beautiful message dear friend!

I used to be the classic night owl but within the last few years I have become far more of a morning person and for similar reasons. I love the quiet moments. The times with GOD where I can walk outside and see the morning awakening without the NOISE of life going on.

In the quiet moments of prayer as well, I can hear GOD speaking deep within the linings of my soul.

I love you dear friend. Have been praying for you.