The Gift of Silence in a Noisy World
Life is noisy. Kids are noisy. Co-workers are noisy. The news is noisy. Restaurants are noisy. Traffic is noisy.
We are so accustomed to noise that we often avoid silence. We have music playing while we read. We leave the tv on while we're at home. We sometimes turn on fans or even phone apps that make "white noise" so we can sleep with noise. Even our church services avoid silence.
When is the last time you were silent?
When is the last time you turned off the noise?
True, you aren't able to entirely avoid noise, but you can be much more intentional about times of silence.
There is a type of restoration to your soul that can only occur in silence. There is an aspect of healing and peace that comes only from quietness, waiting, listening, and trusting.
“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.”
Psalms 62:1-2 ESV
You may not be able to create an entirely noise-free environment, but you can take advantage of the moments of silence God gives you throughout the day – when the kids are asleep, when the co-workers are occupied, when you're alone.
Turn off the music, the tv, and your phone for a few minutes. Look at the sky, the scenery, and the sunset. Breathe deeply and receive the gift of silence, along with its accompanying gifts of healing, restoration, and peace.
Silence is not an enemy to be feared, but a friend to be trusted. The whispers of God can only be heard in the quiet places of the soul.