Hi everyone, sorry for the longtime hiatus. Things have kind of been a little crazy for me lately with post-grad drama and working on a book that I hope to publish, but I’m going to try to be more faithful with my blog in the future. In short, it feels good to be back. 😊
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I’ll be honest, I’m an extravert. I’m not necessarily a loud or overly-out-there-extravert, but I’m an extravert nonetheless. To many, I would probably look more like an introvert, due to the fact that I prefer someone else to lead the conversation, but get energized around people, qualifying me for that title.
That being said, I love being around people and hearing the joys-and-noises of life; silence is basic my worst enemy. I typically have music playing, a book in hand, or a TV show on. Sometimes I even do a couple of those things at once.
Yes, I’m a millennial.
I enjoy stimuli, and I believe that in some ways, this tends to bleed into my life. As an author at heart, I tend to long for grand moments, the kind that you wait for at the end of a novel. I’ve had a couple of those types of moments this year, but as the year has closed, and summer has crept upon me, I’ve kind of found myself going crazy, battling more OCD than usual.
But, I believe God is trying to teach me something in the midst of it; He’s teaching me how to live in the calm, live in the ordinary. The crazy thing about life, is that it keeps going. Movies close with credits and maybe outtakes, but life continues, making it unparalleled to most forms of media. Furthermore, while we might easily find songs about self-discovery, changing the world, or finding love, we rarely lyrics about eating a sandwich or emptying the dishwasher. Recently, I read a book called Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman, which really resented with this part of me. She does a beautiful job at tackling the challenge of living in the silence, and one quote stands out in particular.
“What gives moments meaning is not the moments themselves but the presence of Christ with us in the midst of them.”
God is alive in every moment.
Not just the mountain tops.
Not just the bucket list items.
Not just the walking-on-sunshine-moments.
Each and every moment of life.
God is alive in the most unusual, hilarious conversations with your friend. God is alive as you brush your teeth in the morning. God is alive in the moments of concentration, trying to find the perfect sentence for that novel or essay.
God is alive in the silence as much as He’s alive in the excitement. This is something that I’m still learning, but I’m believing it more with each sentence that I type. God is still God, from the peaks of Mount Sinai to the lights of New York City to the calm of a small town. He’s working in your life even during the times that feel most silent. God is too sovereign to confine Himself only to big moments. He is alive both the noise and the silence, wherever you find yourself right now.
God is here. In your life. In mine. In each and every moment that we breathe.
And because of this, we can find peace when living in the quiet. Because whether our current life situation feels big or small, God is bigger than it all.❤️
4 thoughts on “Living In The Quiet”
So true, so necessary. Still learning to be still in this hyper active and always on the go.
Definitely a hard thing to do in such a fast- paced-world. Glad to hear I’m not the only one. 😊
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I actually tagged you as an introvert at first, but as I get to know you better I understand you’re quite extraverted 😀 Thanks for writing on this, it’s good to know I’m not the only one who feels like this. It’s so good to also know God is alive in every moment- the brushing teeth part especially! My thoughts are hardly silent and sometimes I feel like He isn’t there- but He is! And He pays attention to the ‘ordinary’ aspects of our day to day routines. This is so reassuring! God bless you for sharing Courtney!
Yes definitely! Sometimes it’s easy to feel God in the flashy, dramatic moments of life, but harder in the quiet. It’s good to know He’s there during both situations. Good to hear from you, Mfon! 😊
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