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The Sound of Silence

June 27, 2011

     I actually have a clock that makes a “tick –tock” sound.  The amazing thing about this clock, is not that in an age of digital electronics that I still have a clock that says, “tick-tock-tick-tock,” but what is amazing is, that I was sitting still long enough, and in a room quiet enough, to hear it.

     The wedding shower was over.  The guests were gone.  The girls were in another room playing doll house and the guys were all away camping.  Here I was sitting in a completely quiet room.  Have you ever noticed how uncomfortable quiet can be?  The problem is that it is very unfamiliar to us.  We are very familiar with rushing.  We are very familiar with finishing one task and saying, “ok, what’s next.”  But quiet, unscheduled time is very unfamiliar.

     Sometimes, I actually feel momentarily lost after a big event.  For a week I had been shopping, cleaning and organizing.  The last two days were crazy and physically taxing.  Now it was over.  The item of my sole devotion was no longer there. Now what?  This is not a new phenomenon.  My adult life has been, pouring myself into one big event after another, with a lot of daily running in-between.  Am I alone; does anyone else live in this place?

     It is my belief that many of us live in this very same place.  I do not think I am alone, and that is why I write.  You and I need to know there is another way.  You and I need to know that there is an answer.  You and I need to find true life before we get to the end and say, “What happened?”

     We all should know that God speaks to us in a still small voice.  Are our lives quiet enough that we can even hear Him?  He is not like that parent who tells their kids something, then counts to three, then uses the child’s full name; all the time raising their voice.  His method of speaking with us has not changed just because our society seeks to drown out the sound of his voice. 

     Our lives, hearts and minds are lost in commotion.  Our schedules are packed with no time for listening.  We are unfamiliar with the notion of rest.  We tend to escape quiet moments due to discomfort.

     It is time for another challenge dear friend.  Somehow, someway you must find a quiet moment.  Sit alone in silence for an hour.  If this seems unrealistic, try a half an hour.  Do nothing.  Do not listen to music, do not use the phone, do not read, just sit.  It may seem very uncomfortable at first.  You may feel like you are wasting time, getting behind on your agenda.  Stay strong, you can do it.  You are not doing nothing.  You are actually gaining quite a bit; you just don’t realize it yet.  This is your first training session.  Believe it or not, we have come to the point of needing to train ourselves to be quiet, to enjoy quiet and to hear God in the quiet.

     The first time you sit in the quiet, you may very well feel uncomfortable.  But as you make time to do this, your soul will feel refreshed.  Peace will begin to wash over you and you will hunger for more.  Your mind will slow down and you will become aware of the sound of the birds, the sound of the clock, the sound of the air conditioner, the sound of squirrels scurrying over your roof and the sound of God’s voice.

     Yesterday the silence was uncomfortable; today I don’t want it to end.  Join me today.  I invite you to sit and do nothing.  The sound of silence is a wonderful sound.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lori Visser permalink
    June 27, 2011 1:41 pm

    Hi, Debbie-I think you’re reminding us of something very important! A natural way to have this built into our day is our quiet time with the Lord. I also find the best-and most quiet time to do this is before anyone else is up. I actually have always been a kind of day-dreamy person, so I’ve never found sitting quietly very difficult!!! (maybe it’s laziness??!!)

    Love, Lori


    • June 27, 2011 8:37 pm

      I think I could enjoy being a day-dreamy person. Will you teach me how? Thanks for sharing!

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