Beautiful things take place in profound silence
Silence is so much more than the absence of sound or abstinence from speech. Silence tends to shift the emphasis of a relationship away from words and transactions to a place of intimacy where no words are necessary.
One must feel totally accepted and comfortable to sit in silence with someone else. It can be, at best, embarrassing, and, at worst downright intimidating but beautiful things take place in profound silence.
In silence God’s spirit, which is resident within us, searches our hearts separating motive from action and thought from speech. In silence, the very essence of our being is laid bare before Him, leaving no room for pretence or ambiguity. In silence, the still small voice of the One who made the thunder reverberate through eternity as the Creator communes with His creation, drawing it into His unconditional love. As man’s spirit quietly worships its Maker, the two become infinitely intertwined with one another making room for an impartation of immortality to mortality, of the eternal to the temporal, of incorruptible to corruptible,
The paradox of silence is that God is not silent unless His being so will serve a greater purpose. He is constantly speaking and longs to commune with us just as He did with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. He is the same yesterday, today and forever, the One will never change. This implies that we are the ones who have changed. It is us who have become so bogged down with and distracted by things to do with our short stay here on earth that we have lost sight of what He requires of us.
If every person that wanted to hear from God made their heart silent, then He wouldn’t need to resort to using other people or circumstances to get our attention. He speaks to us through circumstances because He can’t get our attention any other way. We have so compartmentalised our lives that we will only seek to commune with God at moments we deem fit e.g. during our ‘quiet time’, during a sermon etc.
God’s omnipresence permits Him to be everywhere all at once. He ordained time, space and all physical laws but He transcends them all. He does not require an appropriate time or place to manifest Himself, all He needs is individuals who are willing to “be still and know that I am God.”
When’s the last time you were silent?