When we spend our lives working, at a business or in a career, or on a farm for example, we are used to producing some product or service on a regular basis. We discipline ourselves to get up on time, and to do what needs to be done. Then things change. The change can be dictated by sickness, downsizing, retirement, or by some other circumstance. We then have forced quiet time.
We didn’t think it would be this way. Or maybe we didn’t think about it at all. But here we are. Now what? “Pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps” doesn’t often work in these situations. We need intervention, and we may need to rethink a few things – like maybe we need to reevaluate what really has enduring value. This is no time for mourning loss, but rather for looking ahead. But how?
We may be given a hint about how to move on in Psalm 147:10,11. What we have valued may not include all that is valuable. This could be a good discovery time. “He (God) does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord favors those who fear Him, those who wait for His lovingkindness.” (NASB)
Now this is true during our “productive” times as well. But it is evident that God puts our relationship with Him on a higher level of importance than our abilities or our work. Our production does not impress Him, our participation in life with Him does. With our attention forced off production during quiet times, we have more opportunity to seek His face – face time with God – something we may not have valued previously. Maybe that’s not bad.
What does God look for in us? Production or faith? He is able to change our circumstances, and what He does He does in lovingkindness. We can still choose to trust Him, even in our unwanted quiet times. And we may now have more time to talk to Him about it.