Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready, my God, Thy will to see;
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!
Clara H. Fiske Scott
The Still, Small Voice
I was recently asked to consider taking on a new ministry, one of those worthy endeavors that require a good deal of time and emotional energy. I knew how I wanted to respond to the request, but also knew it wasn’t right to just blurt out a refusal without even praying about it. So I spent some time with God one morning, and came across this hymn, Open My Eyes, That I May See. The words were somehow convicting and calming at the same time.
“Ready, my God, Thy will to see.” Really? His will — or mine? Convicting.
“Silently now I wait for Thee.” These were the calming words. A moment of peace and stillness seemed to tiptoe across my heart when I sang them. Afterward, I found it to be a beautiful thing, taking a moment to be quiet before my Lord. In the book of 1 Kings, God summoned Elijah the prophet in a still, small voice. “And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11-13 KJV).
I ended up declining the offer to take on the new ministry. But I’m glad I went to the Lord in prayer first. I hope I’ll always be ready to accept His will, whether it matches mine or not, and to be silent in His presence.