I just finished reading United States Navy SEAL Eric Greitens’ book The Warrior’s Heart. In it he shares personal life shaping experiences and the wisdom passed on from respected mentors. In his intense 6 month long BUD/S Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, the requirement to swim underwater the 2 lengths of the 25 meter pool was a difficult test to pass. Eric followed the following 3 steps: 1) take a deep breath 2) go deep 3) stay relaxed, and though he sensed that he was out of oxygen at the 25 meter halfway point, was able to safely and successfully complete the 2nd 25 meter length underwater by calmly repeating “stay relaxed” with each smooth swim stroke all the way to the end. What an inspiring story from this Navy veteran!
Throughout life we face new subjects to learn and challenges to meet and overcome. We’re now into a robust fall season with full “to-do” lists, busy people living in a busy world of much motion, thoughts, sounds and activities. As disciples of Jesus Christ, how can we live healthy and peaceful lives in the midst of this ongoing barrage of voices and happenings?
I suggest intentionally seeking silence. Consider these life giving insights from Frederick Buechner in his book Telling Secrets, “What deadens us most to God’s presence within us, I think, is the inner dialogue that we are continuously engaged in with ourselves, the endless chatter of human thought. I suspect that there is nothing more crucial to true spiritual comfort, as the huge monk in cloth of gold put it, than being able from time to time to stop that chatter, including the chatter of spoken prayer. If we choose to seek the silence of the holy place, or to open ourselves to its seeking, I think there is no surer way than by keeping silent. God knows I am no good at it, but I keep trying, and once or twice I have been lucky, graced.”
Every morning, before I start the coffee brewing, making breakfast or checking on the news, I go to a quiet chair in with my Bible and prayer book closed, sit still and wait upon the Lord in silence for a little while. In the silence I become aware of God’ abiding and close Presence. I commend this practice to you for your daily walk with the Lord.
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? Isa. 43:18-19
Faithfully, Yours in Christ,