Living Still – Week 31

by | Aug 10, 2013 | Uncategorized


It is important that we get still to wait on God. And it is best that we get alone, preferably with our Bible outspread before us. Then if we will we may draw near to God and begin to hear Him speak to us in our hearts. I think for the average person the progression will be something like this: First a sound as of a Presence walking in the garden. Than a voice, more intelligible, but still far from clear. Then the happy moment when the Spirit begins to illuminate the Scriptures, and that which had been only a sound, or at best a voice, now becomes an intelligible word, warm and intimate and clear as the word of a dear friend. Then will come life and light, and best of all, the ability to see and rest in and embrace Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and All.

The Bible will never be a living Book to us until we are convinced that God is articulate in His universe.

~A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

May you hear Him like water droplets falling from branches onto a still lake of quiet night, like crunching footsteps through a copse of trees in a void of light, like a flutter of wings spreading out overhead, and in voices that call your name during the night. May your ears be open and receptive, alert to recognize His voice.  He is always with us, often quiet and never still.

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  1. Lynn Morrissey

    I love Tozer’s words–I just wrote to you personaly about The Pursuit of God. I hope your readers will drink in his words. It’s a deep, insightful, life-changing book. Funny….we think that we pursue God, when all the while He is pursuing us. Tozer has a wonderful explanation of that in his book. And once God pursues us, then we make it our life’s call to pursue Him. I love how you pursue God, Shelly, in the beauty of His creation–in the sights, the sounds, the silence. May He fill you up to overflowing………
    Blessed Sabbath, sweet sister. I’m glad you are home. Happy Birthday!

    • Shelly Miller

      I love this book, I could just quote the whole thing for months. Thank you Lynn.

  2. bluecottonmemory

    Beautiful – I stepped outside of work under a small porch and listened in the midst of a downpour – and listened with Him to all the sounds – it was a blessing moment in the midst of the daily. I love the visual of your words – and I love this quote you included: “The Bible will never be a living Book to us until we are convinced that God is articulate in His universe.”

    • Shelly Miller

      I did that too at the cottage. I sat and listened and journaled all the sounds I heard. It made me more alert to God’s creativity and voice.

  3. Jedidja

    I am quietly through your blog. That pic is so beautiful and the biblical explanation is good for my heart. I wish you a blessed Sabbath day!

    • Shelly Miller

      Thank you for being here quietly, or not.

  4. HisFireFly

    yes, she whispers quietly, not wanting to disturb the stillness

  5. Linda@Creekside

    One of my favorite verses + A.W. Tozer + an absolutely exquisite scene. A lovely sabbath gift! Thank you, Shelly!

  6. Mia

    Hi Shelly
    Especially in those quiet moments it is so wonderful just to be with Him and rest in His Loving Embrace!
    Hugs and love XX

  7. Beth

    “He is always with us, often quiet and never still.” I’m so grateful He is always with us. I just returned from Guatemala and I saw and heard Him in a new way. He set a fire in my soul for more of Him. It truly was amazing. Thank you for your words today, Shelly. And happy belated birthday to you! Much love, Beth

  8. Cheri Galloway

    I don’t think there is anything more beautiful than a perfectly stilled body of water. So peaceful. Unbroken. Tozer’s chapter, The Blessedness of Nothingness from The Pursuit of God, has been one I return to over and over again. Have a blessed Sunday.

  9. Holly Solomon Barrett

    Love your photo. We can hear Him so much better when we are willing to be still.

  10. Joanne Norton

    I always rejoice when I see that Word, that photo. Thank you for sharing. Nice to rejoice with you, too.

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