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God speaks most loudly through silencecomment (0)

March 4, 2004

By Betty Baggott

My article is an article about the daily walk with the Lord. It is about what God teaches me every moment of my waking moments with Him.

God has allowed me this platform in The Alabama Baptist, and every month I try very hard not to let any of you down.

Many of you let me know that the articles that mean the most to each of you are the ones I share about praying to God, believing in miracles, walking through the valleys, living within the Spirit — I could go on and on.

I understand. I so enjoy and benefit from those writers who allow me to see where they are in their hearts and, with their journey, help me to achieve wholeness in my life and give me day-to-day guidance in living the Christian life.

This paper has excellent writers in all aspects and many are the times I feel I do not measure up to their excellence in journalism, but I do measure up in my search for more of God and my hope to discover every truth I can from the pages of His Word.

Searching in solitude

With this in mind, I share these words with you.

Do you ever feel a real yearning to just sit down in silence and solitude and search for something more?

God’s all-embracing silence where He speaks to us is a newness that we all need.

If you could read notes I have kept for years, you would read how many times I write, “I must find more time to spend in prayer and Bible study. There are so many truths God has yet to teach me — things of the Spirit. How much more I want to experience!”

Such a time has been mine for the last few weeks. I don’t know how many more there will be. My daughter Cheryl has been confined to bed rest due to a difficult pregnancy. The baby is due in April. My daughter Autumn in Minnesota is also expecting, so God is hearing a lot from me during these days.

Circumstances have allowed me the privilege of being maid, cook, chauffeur and spirit lifter for a teenager. All these things are done with joy. I know God is just as in charge in Minnesota as He is in Montgomery.

This is a time for silence. Retreats are put on hold. Committee board meetings are missed. All the seemingly important things of life give way to the most important.

What is God teaching me?

That the family is the most important thing in the world. Regardless of lifestyle or the demands on your life, those precious family members are looking to you as a wife, husband, grandmother or grandfather to set the example of a close walk with the Lord.

I cherish praying for my grandson just before I drop a dirty shirt into the washing machine.

As I clean out the pockets of his blue jeans and save all the papers and pens I find, I say another prayer.

The same is true for the dad and for the mother. Those same prayers are transferred across the miles to my precious Autumn as she drives to work in many inches of snow.

What is God teaching me?

That I just don’t make it through a single day if I don’t spend that time alone with Him. Prayers throughout the day are constant, but to survive life, I take the time in the early morning to come to God without any interruptions.

This is not something new for me, but during these weeks, I have pondered all over again the wonder of God’s grace, the security of the believer and the promises of His Word that helps us face life with joy.

Learning by facing truth

What is God teaching me?

That I need to face more truths about myself.

I am not afraid to go to the next level of honesty, because I believe I will become more disciplined in the areas I need to be.

I like the words of C.S. Lewis: “I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

Like the words of an old song, “This world is not my home. I am just passing through. If heaven is not my home, then Lord what will I do.”

God is showing me that more and more we should all live in the light of eternity. As we do that, we should rejoice in life as it is now and help our brothers and sisters as we travel.

What is God teaching me?

In all the events of life, we can learn. God will teach us when we take time to listen. Pray for my girls as I pray for you.

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