In July, 2006 I went on a missions trip with a team from my church to Lima, Peru.
I prepared financially.
I prepared my travel documents.
I prepared my heart for service.
What I wasn’t prepared for when I got there was the noise.
It was jarring and abrasive.
It. Was. Constant.
Horns blaring, brakes screeching, delivery trucks backing up, buses squealing…
Dogs barking on roof tops…
Eventually I got used to it and began to tune it out.
Shortly after I got home, my family went on a trip to Eastern Oregon. At one point, we stopped on the side of the road and I got out and snapped this picture.
As I stood there, taking in this amazing scene of blue sky and golden wheat fields, I suddenly realized how quiet it was. There wasn’t even a breeze that day. I couldn’t hear the wheat rustling, bees or grasshoppers buzzing…just silence.
And in that quiet moment, I thought of the following verse…
“Be still, and know that I [am] God.” (Psalm 46:10a, KJV)
Whether we find ourselves in the din of the city, or the quiet serenity of a wheat field, we need to remember to seek quiet time with the Lord. He will meet you where you are, and you will be blessed.
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:6, NASB)