Tuesday, January 12, 2016

THE LOUDEST SILENCE

When Dr SIL is home, most of the time, I stay at my home and do not intrude on their family time.  There are days, I find myself alone and silent for many hours.  It occurred to me recently, I had not spoken a word in more than a day.  I have always enjoyed some time alone, and solitude and silence are my old friends, but it also can become lonely after a long stretch of quiet.

We were taught as children to spend time with a good book or in quiet reflection.  With no outside stimuli, the mind is able to focus--and answers and analogies bubble to the surface.  I find it very productive to spend some time in quiet thinking everyday.



A mature relationship allows for sitting in silence together.  How many hours have I watched a sunset on the beach with dear friends with not one word uttered and the sound of the waves crashing creating the perfect music in which to enjoy the comfort OF a beautiful silence.  How many times have I sat on the mountain top surrounded by old friends and admired the glory of the view--with no need for chatter.   There is great comfort and peace in the silence of making memories.



And then there is the silence of no communication with a loved one.  Weeks can go by without talking to an old friend---sometimes months.  There is great joy in knowing that we will pick up where we left off when we speak again.  The fact is I can count on them to not change--to remain the same--and the absence of communication does not diminish our love for each other.  We trust each other based upon past experience, and long periods of silence are no threat to the depth of our love.

So it is with God.  I find myself in long periods of silence with God.  Not hearing His Voice does not lessen my love for Him.  Based upon knowing Who He is, and my past experience, the silence is not deafening.  Our relationship is mature enough that I know He is here---even if I do not hear Him---He is here.  

His presence is always with me---even in His silence.




My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.
Psalm 62:5



13 comments:

  1. Oh how I can relate to what your saying (well, truth be told, I can usually relate to everything you write, smiles)...thank you sweet friend...many Happy Tuesday Blessings to you.

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  2. The world is filled with individuals who while so different are yet again so similar.
    Blessings, Friend!

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  3. Shhhh....silence is golden...enjoy the moments

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    1. Most of the time--it is golden---but then---

      Blessings, Friend!

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  4. When I want some quiet time I play the song "The Sound Of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel with the speakers switched off.

    Control freak, or what?

    God bless you, Lulu.

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    1. GOSH--thanks a lot, Victor. I will be singing that for the next week now that you put the thought in my head! AND NOT ON SILENT!
      Blessings, Funny Friend!

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  5. And now for something completely serious.

    I understand the sound of silence when one is alone; especially at night. All we need do at these times of loneliness is pray and be comforted that He is there right beside us.

    Bless you, Lulu.

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    1. My best prayer times are those middle of the night awakenings---in the deep dark of silence!
      Bless You, Friend!

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  6. You're right, sometimes instead of jabbering like a monkey on drugs (like some people do), it's best to just be still, clear the mind and listen for our LORD's voice. HE never changes or goes away.
    Hope your day is blessed too. ~:)

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    1. "Jabbering like a monkey on drugs" CRACKED ME UP!!
      Blessings, Friend!

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  7. He is definitely the strong, silent-type!

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  8. This is so powerful! I'm glad that I found it.

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Your comments keep my writing and often cause me to think. A written form of a hug or a pat on the back and an occasional slap into reality---I treasure them all!