TIME OUT

TIME OUT
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Disciplinary methods differ but one of the most common seems to be putting a child in a “time out.”
While I understand and appreciate its purpose; I find it a sad implication to suggest that a quiet and alone place be considered a place of punishment.
I’m not sure that adults don’t respond to such places in a similar manner.
Quiet makes us anxious and questioning.
Solitude fills us with restlessness and insecurity.
We assert, often times, that we have a great need and desire for peace and quiet but our conduct suggests something very different.
We get to the quiet and we do not work to maintain it,
but to employ it,
with whatever activity first comes along.

And so… televisions blare, radios speak, cell phones ring, and technology replaces that undesirable place called silence.
As Henry Nouwen so adequately suggests,
“We indeed have become very preoccupied people, afraid of unnamable emptiness and silent solitude.”
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I believe that solitude and quiet are the primary conduits to spiritual maturity and growth; they are also the sparks that ignite creativity and imagination.
I believe that without the element called “silence” actively engaged and at work in our lives, we run the risk of losing a necessary quality of intimacy with others and with God.
God has established a need in the human soul for quiet, contemplation, and meditation. In that place you will find intimacy with God and in that place you will find His presence.
God will not compete with the god of technology or the countless voices that vie for your attention.
Evaluate your hearing and take a needed “time out.”
Shut off technology for 24 hours, get alone by yourself, and simply listen.
You might be amazed at what you hear.
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“Be still and know that I am God.”
Psalm 46:10a