Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/01/16

8 Days of Silence

I just spent eight days without seeing my family except at a distance.  I couldn’t talk to them, could not hug them – unless we sat in the same pew at Mass, and then we could exchange signs of peace.  If you knew me, you’d ask why in the world the torture – except that it was the best eight days of my life.

We missionaries had an eight day silent retreat;  Thursday through Friday.  Sunday was a day of desolation for me, just because I was missing my family so much.  I thought I’d get to see them at Mass and was really looking forward to it…except they weren’t there.  I felt so alone, so abandoned.  I went to the Covecrest waterfall (above – note the fish formation) to discuss whether or not I could bear to stay on the retreat.  I loudly said no, God replied with an emphatic yes.  Guess who won.

Have you ever noticed that after a period of desolation, God’s love will frequently overflow onto you in consolation for that desolate time ?  After our waterfall discussion, God’s love overflowed onto me.  By 4 a.m., He made me see two things clearly.

First and foremost, He made me realize that my identity as a daughter of God comes before any of my other roles.  I belong to Him before I belong to my family, my employer…anyone.  If I am His daughter, I need to put His will above all others, right?

The second thing God made me see was that I’d been doing my family a disservice.  I had not been giving them my best.  Why not?  I hadn’t been spending  quality quiet time  in God’s presence before doing anything else in my day.  Something we wives and mothers need to remember so badly and can so easily forget is that God really wants to talk to each of us on a daily basis. He wants us to bring our requests to Him.  He wants us to have a daily dialogue with Him, so we can express our concerns to Him, so He can tell us His will for us.  If we don’t know God’s will, how can we even hope to know how to help our family, how to serve each and every day.

I really dislike waking up early.  But over the eight days, waking up early (5 a.m.!) to talk to, to be with God has become so essential to me that I know it is vital to my family that I keep doing it.  Try waking up to talk to God when the hose is silent, before the bustle starts.  The fruits of doing this may very well astound you.

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