Wouldn’t it be incredible if we could capture silence? Something we could unintentionally experience? In a picture, in written word, in a song – or even something you could give as a gift. But silence is truly something “incapturable.” Particularly in the fast-paced, packed schedules of our lives, we struggle to allow for even 10 minutes of silence in our day. Sitting in silence, particularly in prayer, takes effort, intention and sacrifice. I think this is why we cherish it so much when we finally do experience it.
However, when we do happen to find ourselves in moments of silence, we often feel the need to fill that empty space with words or an activity. Conversations with others can be filled with empty words. Moments of solitude are occupied by fumbling on our cell phones. Prayer can be crowded with thoughts and concerns. We all struggle with being comfortable in silence. But as I am slowly coming to realize, the acceptance of silence can be so freeing. Simply sitting with someone, whether a friend or with God, can be more healing than any offering of words.
“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Perhaps the only way to truly come to know God and to let Him work in our lives is to sit in silence with Him and let Him transform your heart. When we listen before we speak, observe before we act, learn before we instruct, we allow God to act and move in our lives and let His will be done before ours. Today, let us commit ourselves to finding time for silence with God within our day, so that we can invite Him into our hearts.
Why not right now?
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