Spiritual Practice

In the Silence

Rachel Starr Thomson

Ever since I co-founded a performing arts group two years ago, I’ve spent a lot of time on the road. I live four and a half hours from the group’s home base, so I easily spend nine hours traveling back and forth each week—and that’s not counting the hours spent traveling to and from performances.

This constant traveling makes me feel uprooted and more appreciative of home. It also gives me a lot of silent time for reflection—to think, to talk with God, to examine what I’m doing and where I’m going. As my car travels over the highway, I’m reminded that my life is headed somewhere too. Each day is another kilometer under the wheels, another hour in a definite direction.

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
Psalm 62:1 (NRSV)

The silence gives me time to think about my life’s journey—the direction it is headed and the person I want to be when my journey comes to an end. Maybe the biggest blessing of being on the road is the way it pulls me out of my daily routine so that I can look at my life more objectively and learn to live it to the fullest.


TAKE A REST STOP: Where are you headed on your life’s journey? What road are you traveling? Who or what awaits you at your final destination? Incorporate into your journey a spiritual practice that helps you to look at your life more objectively so that you may live each day to the fullest.

One Idea: As you travel through life, look back at where you’ve been and find direction in God’s presence by learning to practice the Prayer of Examen.

—from devozine (July/August 2010). Copyright © 2010 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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