For many of us, there is a fear that surrounds the idea of silence. It’s evidenced in the fact that you probably turn on your TV when you walk in the door, or turn on music. Even when we’re in the gym or office, there is rarely a time when there isn’t music playing over a speaker or in our headphones. And in the car we are either on our phones or again listening to music. We don’t like the sound of silence. You may even sleep with a fan on as white noise.
For most of us, it makes us uncomfortable to be in silence, especially when we are with other people. It probably takes a special person for you to be with them and for there be complete silence. Sometimes it may even just be the ticking of the clock or the traffic outside. There is always some kind of sound to prevent us from experiencing total silence.
Up until recently I hated the silence. It made me super uncomfortable. It meant me mulling over things that I didn’t want to think about. It meant the possibility of going back into dark places and dealing with painful experiences. The noise meant keeping my head and, quite honestly, the Lord silent. I didn’t want to deal with what was really going on. I wanted to drown it out.
Well, guess what? That’s not healthy. You can’t keep burying everything and hoping to drown it out or push it away. You can’t move on from it until you confront it head-on. It’s initially awkward and will probably get a bit painful. The devil will try to sway you and convince you of untrue things. You have to really learn discernment and fight the lies of the enemy, but silence can be a beautiful thing.
Now, I crave silence. I have a tough time getting through my day without a few moments of silence. This world is busy and noisy. It goes fast. Why not take a few moments and experience stillness and quiet? Why not take the opportunity to experience silence, even for a moment? This does not mean putting on a white noise machine or turning on a fan to drown out other sounds but means going somewhere, where you can actually experience quiet. You put the phone down, you turn the music off, you turn the TV and computer off. Shut everything down and find a quiet place to sit in silence for a few moments.
Don’t say a word. Just be expectant. Trust the Lord and trust the quiet. In the same way that praise and prayer are important, so is silence. This allows you to hear what the Lord has to say to you. He’s probably not going to speak a full sentence to you, like we do to each other but you might see that He’s going to speak to you in another way. Remember that His is a still, small voice. We have to be willing to hear Him. Silence allows for that.
Like I said, it might remind you of some dark things. Maybe you have to think through some things, or maybe it is the enemy or your flesh fighting back. Either way, that’s when you start talking to God, asking Him to help you through whatever it is that you are going through.
The silence can help you see the Lord in a different light. He may reveal Himself to you in a new way. He could even give you clarity about a decision.
I mention all these things that He can do in silence because, in my moments of silence, I have experienced each and every one of these things. They have been some of the most painful times, but also the most healing of times, because He does the surgery on my heart and soul that only He can do. He exposes things the way that only He can and has forgiven me as only He can. There are a lot of things that I have done that I am not proud of and have resulted in a lot of hurt and pain, but His grace and mercy has brought me through. It continues to bring me through. I had to be silent and surrender before him though.
He has started to reveal beautiful things to me in the silence. He has allowed me to experience Him in new ways. I have been overwhelmed in His presence when I have gotten silent. He has spoken to me in the silence and shown me that He is working all things out for my good. He has shown me what He has laid on my heart and shown me how He has changed my heart and His plans for me. They have not always been what my flesh desires but they are turning into what my heart desires as I long to know Him in a deeper way and do what He’s calling me to do.
My challenge is that you find a few moments today or this week to get in total silence. Further, I challenge you to keep making time to get in silence before the Lord. I promise you, you won’t regret it. It’ll bless your life. Now, I crave my moments of silence before the Lord and you can get to that point too.
I hope you all have a blessed week!