My soul truly is still, and ‘waits for’ God: from ‘whom comes’ my deliverance. (Psalm 62:1, The New Zealand Prayer Book, p.256).
In our contemporary world of high speed internet, automatic teller machines and microwave ovens: the notion of remaining still and waiting seems like ancient history.
The practice of silence, solitude, being still and waiting are gifts of God to us to center ourselves on the One who gives us life and hope. These gifts do not come in packages to be unwrapped or emails to be opened. They come through the constant, yet, changing rhythms of daily life. Within our ordinary moments of life, God is calling to us to pause, be still and wait for God to deliver us.
Saint Antony of the Desert once wrote, “He who sits alone and is quiet has escaped three wars: hearing speaking, seeing: but there is one thing he must continually fight: that is, his own heart.”
It also bears repeating that Saint Benedict picks up on this very theme when he begins the Prologue of The Rule with the words, “Listen to the masters instructions. Incline the ears of your heart.”
The Psalmist, St. Antony and St. Benedict by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit urge us to give God the opportunity to make our souls still and wait for God to be our Deliverer. We can give God that opportunity in our personal time of prayer in solitude. We can also seek union with God in stillness through our relationships with others; even when they are not so peaceful.
How and where are you finding time to still your soul and wait for deliverance from God?
Brother Anselm Philip King-Lowe, OSB