Living with Intention in 5775: Week 38

This week, I would like to challenge us all to be quiet. To find some time to sit in stillness, and listen for the voice of our Father. It is so easy to find things to do, movies to watch, music to fill our ears in order to drown out the silence. But this is so often the space in which the Father’s voice can so clearly be heard.

Let us learn from the story of Elijah:

“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the L-RD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the L-RD; but the L-RD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the L-RD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the L-RD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:11-12

Our flesh wants to be busy, pre-occupied and loud drowning out the voice of our Beloved L-rd, but we must teach that part of ourselves, to be quieted.

I leave you with the words of the Psalmist who seems to have mastered quieting his fleshly soul. It is in teaching our flesh to be quiet that we can recognize the magnificence of Hashem and His divine providence over our lives, and look forward with hope toward the restoration of all things.

Psalm 131
A Song of Ascents. Of David.
O L-RD, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the L-RD
from this time forth and forevermore.