In the secret, in the quiet place
In the stillness You are there
In the secret, in the quiet hour I wait only for You,
Because I want to know You more

We sang those lyrics, from the Andy Park song In the Secret, this morning in church, and I couldn’t help but notice what the words don’t say.

They don’t use the word only, as if God is only in the stillness and in the secret, quiet places. That’s a good thing, of course, because it’s not true.

The reality is God is with us all of the time, wherever we go – and He speaks to us all of the time, regardless of what’s going on in our temporal lives.

I don’t think this is news to any of us, but I think some of us do tend to live as if it’s not true. We come to church for an hour or two once a week to spend time with God, and that’s good. But we act as if it’s our only chance each week to do that – except other ‘secret, still, quiet’ places, like maybe in a Bible study or while we’re saying our morning prayers. And that’s a shame.

As a result, we’re not looking for God when we’re away from the ‘holy’ places and times – when we meet people who don’t know God, and don’t even want to, when we’re confronted by conflict, by awkward situations and by temptations: we act as if we’re all alone, right when we need Him the most.

Right when He wants to help us the most.

It doesn’t have to be this way, folks.

God set aside the Sabbath for rest – not to be the one day in seven that we spend with Him; that’s supposed to be a 24-7 reality. God didn’t divide secular and sacred; we humans did that all on our own.

And with God’s help, we can each choose to let God dismantle those walls in our hearts and set things His way again. (Since we put the walls up on our own, I suppose it’s possible for us to tear them down on our own steam, but why would we want to??)

What if church and prayer and study are not supposed to be the activities we engage in to fill up our ‘God Cup’ once a week; what if they’re supposed to the activities we engage in so we can learn how to be with God all week long, so the cup is always filled to overflowing? Would that change how we approach prayer, study and worship?

‘Overflowing,’ Baldy? What are we supposed to do with the excess?

Share it, of course.

Share Him.

Sound scary? You bet it is. But don’t worry; God will help you through it all. Because, remember, the reason you’ll have all this excess to share is because you’ll have let God knock down those walls, so you can hear Him whenever He speaks to you. You can trust that this God won’t leave you hanging out to dry.

There are 168 hours in a week, and He wants to spend all of them with you.

In the public, in the noisy place
In the chaos, He is there
In the public, in the crowded hour He waits, only for you
Because He wants you to know Him more…

Peace be with you.

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About robpetkau

Communications professional by day, amateur musician by night, worship leader (at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Calgary) on weekends and aspiring Bible teacher in my dreams. Grateful husband to the woman who completes me. Doing-the-best-I-can dad to the son and daughter who keep me on my toes. Striving disciple of the GodMan who came, taught and died for me. Thanks for stopping by!
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5 Responses to Secret

  1. Jim says:

    “Peace be with you.”
    And also with you.

    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
    It is right to give our thanks and praise.

    Thanks, Rob.

  2. robpetkau says:

    You’re welcome, Jim. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Well said. Proverbs 1:20,21 says, “Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech.” God is speaking all the time. Good reminder.

  4. robpetkau says:

    Thanks for commenting, Brad. And for that verse. That’s a particularly good one!

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