Some of us rarely sit quietly while alone. The silence and solitude can be unsettling. If we stop and rest in the quiet, we must listen to what is happening inside us. Sometimes we pull out our smartphones to avoid a quiet moment. Poor Zechariah was mute for nine months. Can you imagine not speaking for nine months? But the time of reflection changed his life. How might some quiet time change our life?\
Some of us have faced burnout. We just don’t feel like doing it anymore. Some are tired or exhausted. Sometimes burnout and depression are so severe that we might say, “God just take my life!” We may feel like the prophet Elijah. Yet God ministered to Elijah’s burnout through the sound of sheer silence.