The truth is that Mitch is not the only one who needs reminders of these questions in his life. We all get caught up in the every-day ness of routines and expectations. We get stuck in the pressures, whether those we place upon ourselves or those placed upon us by others of keeping up appearances. It's in those moments of life altering circumstances that all of those mundane tasks which keep us so busy come crashing down.
Our Scripture reading this week is a reminder of the foundations of wisdom. It says "be careful then, how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:15. It goes on to explain that to be wise is to understand what the will of the Lord is.
I was reminded lately of the importance of making the most of time includes spending time in silence for purposes of reflection and rejuvination. It seems a bit counterintuitive, and the idea of standing back that Morrie speaks of is rarely done in our culture. We move from one task to the other rarely reflecting on the purpose of it or the results of our actions. We keep ourselves busy and thus distracted by multi-tasking often to the point of not being able to focus completely or forgetting what we were in the middle of doing. Such is the pace of our culture, ever connected with expectations of extreme efficiency and effectiveness. But the purpose of this silence is so much more than just relaxation or decompression after a long and busy day. The purpose of silence is to understand what is the will of the Lord. Only when we spend time listening intentionally for God's voice in our lives can we fully hear. "Be still and know that I am God," is a reminder to us all of how God's purposes are revealed in times of quiet reflection and silence.
This week I encourage you to take time out of your week for silence. To carve out of your schedule enough minutes to reflect on what has occurred over the course of your day and start to listen for the voice of the Lord calling you to deeper relationship. The beauty of listening is that we will find a deeper wisdom of connecting with God. Through asking those big questions of "what is missing?" and "how is God filling it?" I believe we will find our questions leading us to a deeper trust and reliance on God. And in doing so, we will answer those big questions with wisdom.