eerily.still

I love movies, especially war dramas. One of my favorites is “Master and Commander” with Russell Crowe. One of the most eerie scenes I’ve ever viewed was in this movie. It wasn’t eerie-scary, but eerie-strange.

They had been pursuing a privateer ships that was wreaking havoc on English merchant ships. The action and battle have been pretty intense up to this point. All of a sudden we are greeted with this strangely calm sea. In the middle of the ocean, the water is absolutely still -strangely still. The ship is not moving at all. Now wind, no current – still. The stillness is taxing on them. It irritates them. They are agitated. They struggle to remain sane. They begin to look for something to blame for the eerie stillness.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ( Romans 15:13 )

Sometimes, things in my life seem eerily still. I wonder if these times are actually a gift from God. Time for the soul to rejuvenate. If I concentrate on seeking God’s face in these times, rather than filling the silence with my cries, maybe I’ll know the value of the gift. Maybe I will find hope there. Maybe it won’t seem so eerie when I ask God to sit with me there. Maybe it won’t seem so eerie when I pray for such stillness.

20 thoughts on “eerily.still”

  1. I’ve been in meetings before as a worship leader where everything drops to silence and no one wants to move because there is such a sense of His holiness. Most people can handle it for a few seconds, but many start getting fidgety and “move on” mentally pretty quickly (which I think is sort of sad). I cherish those times. It’s powerful and opens us up to a new place of that “still small voice.” He can be in the shout, but He’s just as powerful in the whisper.

    Great thoughts, Herb. Thanks.

  2. Time for the soul to rejuvenate. If I concentrate on seeking God’s face in these times, rather than filling the silence with my cries, maybe I’ll know the value of the gift.

    It wasn’t too long ago for a class in NBC that I had to go on a retreat. Part of the exercise was to be completely quiet and not pray or do anything. It was tough. It took several tries for me to be able to do it because my mind would wander or I would want to cry out.

    Thank you for sharing this. Really blessed me today.

  3. A tweet went by the other day that said something like: We do not hear God because we do not take the Ipod ear buds our long enough to hear anything. Sometime the biggest blessing we will find will be in those quiet times.

    I am a solo pastor and sometime the church while I am in here preparing messages is eerie quiet but also in that eerie quiet I have found HIM and heard HIM and it has been more than refreshing.

    Thanks for the thoughts!

    1. exactly – too pre-occupied with noise – I miss those days when I would sit in the dark sanctuary alone on Mondays. Now that I am bi-vocational, to be honest, I am in serious need of some peace – I’m begging for it – would appreciate prayer

  4. I don’t know if it’s the same but I love to sit with my aunt or mentor and be quiet for a while. Not talk but just enjoy each others presence. Those moments are so blessed and relaxing. Or sit at the beach and not speak at all. Just listen to the wind.

    But if you mean that God is not giving any sign and it keeps silent from His side than I don’t like it. It’s tough. But this just reminds me of a song. In “Praise You in this storm” by Casting Crowns there is a line:

    as the thunder rolls I barely hear You whisper through the rain,”I’m with you”

    I’m not sure if you mean this.

    Praying for you.

    1. Ani, I think both kinds of “silence” are worthy of exploration with my post. Sometimes the peace is welcomed willingly, and in those times, we need to appreciate the Holy Spirit’s presence. But other times, He seems vacant – we need to embrace those times too – perhaps were just being too loud to listen as Jim says.

  5. Silence is cherished in my household. We live such crazy lives…Of course it is not a tense silence typically as much as it is a brief moment when all is at rest. A time to rejuvenate. A time to reflect. A time to focus.

    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

    Whether stormy, dense fog, or stillness… my God of all Hope is ready and willing to fill me with all joy and peace as I trust in Him, so that I may overflow with His hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Keywords: God, trust, power of the Holy Spirit

    1. Wow!

      “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

      Remembering this the rest of the week.

      1. Umm, what I meant with “wow” was Dusty’s comment. I know the scripture was also in your post. I think I better get off. I’m too tired. I think I’m rambling. Lately too tired. Have a good day and sweet dreams for later. Bye bye.

  6. Herb, great post. Just like the crew in Master and Commander, I wonder if we don’t react with alarm to stillness and silence because it has essentially become foreign to our culture. Ironically, it is in silence where we can sometimes expect to hear from God, as the story of Elijah reminds us:

    “Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.” 1 Kings 19:11-12

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