Is Your Silence Golden?
-- Lately, I’ve been contemplating the significance
of silence. I’ve noticed how many of us find it hard to
simply quiet ourselves down -- I mean, really shut down all the
external voices, demands, and impulses that compel us to keep
in motion all the spinning plates of thoughts and reasonings.
We live in a world where there is so much stimulation, so much
noise, so much clamor. My mother used to have a funny saying.
She used to say, “Child, it’s a wonder you can even
hear yourself think with all that ruckus going on around you.”
I’ve come to believe that most of us like it that way.
We prefer all the racket, because often times when we become still
and silent, we then begin to hear that gentle voice of the Holy
Spirit that is either confirming or convicting us of just where
we stand with our Maker.
The Scripture says, “Be still and know that I am Lord”
(Psalm 46:10). This matter-of-fact verse does a swell job of summing it up for
us. When we purpose to slow ourselves down and allow the dust
to settle, then we can better hear the voice of our Shepherd speaking
directly to our hearts whenever we need to regroup and put first
“My sheep know my voice, and another they will not
follow” (John 10:5).
All of us could probably benefit by pushing the mute button on
the remote control of our daily lives. I’ve noticed that
the older I get, the more I need to be comfortable within my own
skin and be OK when the volume of life is turned down.
I no longer want to be uncomfortable when the silence falls and
my soul begins to stir. I want to know what it is to be still
and know that He is Lord. All I want to hear is the voice of Him
who breathed life into my very spirit and called it…“me.”
Shhhhhh…Can you hear it? Listen to those soothing sounds
of silence whispering to us, the audible hush of “deep calling
to deep,” that beckoning voice of the One who longs to bring
to us the peace that passes all understanding.
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In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength (Isaiah
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