“Quietude, which some men cannot abide because it reveals their inward poverty, is as a palace of cedar to the wise…” – Charles H. Spurgeon quotes (English preacher of 19th century 1834-1892)
The modern world, with its obsessive compulsive materialism, places little value on inner wealth. As a result, the heart and mind of modern man is plagued with unceasing disquietude.
This state is self-reinforcing. The less you abide in quietude the less able you are to accommodate the solace it provides. Rare is the person these days, it seems, who is willing to dwell for any amount of time in the eternal palace of cedar which is built by love’s hands.
Quietude is always at hand. The question I suppose is are you man or woman enough to abide it?
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If I may share a personal story with the intention that it may serve to bless all. This morning I awake in the space of come to find out later passing a kidney stone. I have to say it was a challenge to abide in that eternal palace of cedar. I did find though in the spaces of walking to a safe place to do some vomiting I noticed a brief moment of abiding in that place of quietude even admidst my groans. Having passed the intensity of this episode and in reflecting on your words I more deeply treasure the moments I do have to abide in a place that accommodates solace. Your post has encouraged a greater appreciation to utilize the times I have available to spend it dwelling in the palace of cedar.