“Seek the Lord while He may be found.”

Reflections by Annette Roux, Retired Pastoral Associate

“Seek the Lord while He may be found.”  Isaiah 55:6

Imagine life without mobile phones, WI-FI, GPS, Bluetooth devices, or microwave ovens. That’s the way it is in the little town of Green Bank, West Virginia, known as the “quietest town in America.” It’s also the location of the Green Bank Observatory, the world’s largest steerable telescope. The telescope needs “quiet” to ‘listen” to naturally occurring radio waves emitted by the movement of pulsars and galaxies in deep space. It has a surface area larger than a football field and stands in the center of the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000 square mile area established to prevent electronic interference to the telescope’s extreme sensitivity. This intentional quiet enables scientists to “hear the music of the spheres.”  It also reminds us of our need to quiet ourselves enough to listen to the One who created that universe. God communicated to a wayward and distracted people through the Prophet Isaiah; “Give ear and come to me, listen, that you may live.  I will make an everlasting covenant with you.” God promises His faithful love to all who will seek Him and turn to Him for forgiveness. We listen intentionally to God by turning from our distractions to meet Him in Scripture and in prayer. God isn’t distant. He longs for us to make some time for Him so He can be the priority of our daily lives and then for eternity.

Meditation: Why is listening to God so vital in your life? In what ways do you plan to take time for Him?

Prayer: Help me to be quiet before You today, loving God, even if it’s only for a moment. Nothing matters more than being with You!  Amen