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.