Longing for Peace and Quiet…
Here is the third installment of the “Not Longing for Long” message that I shared with you a couple of weeks ago. I hope you enjoy this and that you will integrate it into your life.
Our souls really do need some peace and quiet. We claim that we want it, but we don’t often claim the time to do it. The old singing group the Drifters and Carole King put this desire for peace and quiet into song. Do you remember these lyrics? When this old world starts getting me down And people are just too much for me to face I climb way up to the top of the stairs And all my cares just drift right into space On the roof, it’s peaceful as can be And there the world below can’t bother me Let me tell you now When I come home feelin’ tired and beat I go up where the air is fresh and sweet (up on the roof) I get away from the hustling crowd And all that rat-race noise down in the street (up on the roof) On the roof, the only place I know. Where you just have to wish to make it so up on the roof.
Jesus wished to make it so in his life. Several times, Jesus went off by himself to pray. The most poignant of which was when he went off by himself to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane just a few short days before his death. In the quiet of the garden, he prayed to God, “Your will be done.” If Jesus, the Savior of the World, needed some peace and quiet, I suspect a little peace and quiet might be good for us as well. So why not go up on a roof? Climb a tree? Sit alone by the side of a Cape Pond? Watch the sun go down from the top of a hill? We just have to wish to make it so and, when we act on this wish, not only will the jarring sounds of life fade into the distance, but we won’t be longing for long for God.
Four words spoken centuries ago, define the relationship between God and true peace and quiet: “Be stiil. Know God.” Can you spare the time to do it? Be still. Know God. I wish it to be so for you! As you pause this week, my hope and prayer is that God will give you the strength and desire to draw ever closer.
Rev. John E. Holt Osterville United Methodist Church
57 Pond Street Osterville, MA 02635
Office: 508-428-2811 Cell: 508-737-2043