In the hours of sleepless dark, my mind turns to the days ahead and my spirit awakens. Why is it God so often visits us in the night? When all is calm, we can more easily hear God.
For some it is the silence of the morning, but for me, God is merciful and understands the best way I dwell with Him in the morning, or anybody else for that matter, is through a slow stillness. Stillness is different than silence. To me, stillness is active acute observation of the environment and my place in it while stepping back from any given moment in time. Whatever time of day it comes, stillness gives us opportunity to notice what unseen things are passing by and what unseen things we are part of. By this mechanism, we are able to connect any given moment to the eternal. From this place of calm, peace and deep joy flow.
So perhaps there is a bit of truth in the “Keep Calm and ….” t-shirt and bumpersticker craze that is reflected in Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” We must first get still or calm to enter into the big messages of life.