• Clarice Aeby

Why God whispers

I’ve got sheep on my mind.

Oh, nothing like the intensity a shepherd feels. No, this is more from the viewpoint of a contented, well-cared-for sheep.

This last Monday I participated in “A Taste of Stillness” – an evening shared with a group of ladies before we entered the church sanctuary for thirty minutes of silence.

I was wearing my sheep-covered sweater (Do you sense a theme developing?) armed with stories from two books:

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller

When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Estes

From Phillip I shared:

“The strange thing about sheep is that because of their very make-up it is almost impossible for them to be made to lie down unless four requirements are met.”

Freedom from:

Fear

Tension

Aggravation

Hunger

And from Joni, I quoted:

“The Psalms show the heart not only now to speak, but to listen. If emotions are the language of the soul, then the Book of Psalms gives us the grammar and syntax, teaching us how to wrestle, inviting us to question and vent anger in such a way as to move up and out of despair. The Psalms wrap nouns and verbs around our pain better than any other book.”

Then I shared my personal experience of writing this one verse at the top of a piece paper:

“Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need.”

Psalm 23:1

... and then spending nine months journaling about this truth – admitting to God my need for Him and confirming what I know about the Shepherd who meets that need.

So the ladies found their own quiet stillness among the pews and meditated on that same truth.

At A Taste of Stillness we experienced an appetizer-sized version of what a “Dare to Be Still” retreat provides in length. It’s amazing what God can speak to a quieted heart in a few short minutes.

As I read John 10 this morning, another wonderful passage about sheep and their Shepherd, I find myself overwhelmed with the GOODNESS of my Shepherd and the joy of being in relationship with Him.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep, and they know me.”

- John 10:14

“The sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.”

- John 10:2-4

Does your heart long for a little time with your Shepherd?

“Solitude is a formative place because it gives God’s Spirit

time and space to do deep work."

- Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

Pull Up a Chair: Sitting Still

Has your Shepherd recently been quiet – or perhaps shouting to get your attention? Maybe it’s time to come close. I recently read: God whispers more than He shouts because He us wants us that close.

While you’re still, may I suggest you meditate on this wonderful reality?

“Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need.”

"In the midst of trials I can stay close to my Shepherd and walk step by step with Him. He will show me which way to go."

- Drawing and journal excerpt by Katherine Wood

Thanks for sitting still with me today.

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