Be Still: How I’m learning to hear His voice

I recently went on a retreat to a little island in the Florida Keys. My time there has had a profound effect on me, and in these next few weeks, I’d like to share a bit of what I’ve started putting in to practice as a result of my time there. 

I’ve just watched the sun kiss the edge of the sea and disappear beneath the horizon. I hear the waves crashing and bubbling agains the shore. I hear the wind brushing through the palm fronds and mangrove branches. I hear the soft chirp of crickets and the soft coo of pigeons far above me.

In this silence, that’s well, not really a external silence, but really an internal one, I feel that I can listen more clearly. Listen to hear what the Lord is saying to me.

In the Psalm 46 , the Lord tells us to be still and know that He is God. The psalmist also tells us:

“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride”

There’s nothing quite like beholding the vastness, the beauty and the power of God’s creation. This is completely shifting my perspective. The majesty and awesome power of God is so palpable at this moment.

And it’s in that majesty and power, in the lush waves and the brushing leaves that I feel these words so clearly, so sweetly. “I love you.”

Even though in this moment I feel so tiny compared to the sea and the sky stretching to what seems like infinity – God. Loves. Me.

And what does He ask of me today?

To seek Him with my whole heart.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope… You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord.”   Jeremiah 29:11, 13-14a


The good news for those of us on the daily grind is that we don’t have to find ourselves on an island to find time for stillness. One of my favorite bloggers recently wrote a very practical guide which can help each of us find time and space for stillness every day.