"For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him." - Psalm 62:5 ESV
Let's play the silence game.
When was the last time you heard that question? Maybe you still hear it... oof.
I once jokingly told my wife that I liked the sound of her voice when she wasn't speaking.
Never said that again.
Silence is a difficult concept for Christians to comprehend. We often interpret silence from God as a lack of interest, a lack of participation, a lack of desire, a lack of trust, or a lack of care for us. As we grow older, our view of silence has become skewed.
Italian philosopher and educator, Maria Montessori, views silence a different way. She introduced the "silence game" to her students to encourage discipline and awareness growth (source here).
Maybe it's the same with God?
Silence by Anthony Evans
Maybe you're speaking through the silence, maybe it's all I need to hear. Give me the patience in this quiet, I need to rest here and wait." Silence by Anthony Evans
In the midst of my loneliness, I turn to this song for encouragement. I am reminded that I am never alone, even if I feel that way. Our natural instinct is to appreciate everything but silence. Maybe that is why Psalm 46:10 encourages us to be still in the midst of chaos:
He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." - Psalm 46:10
In the midst of your:
God has not abandoned you. Hold on to this truth: Silence is not the absence of God, it is the absence of distractions.
Reach out to me if there is anything I can do to walk with you.