Are You Afraid of the Silence?

When I get up in the morning, I love the quietness. I can enjoy the stillness of the world in those sleepy moments. I can give myself time to think and pray before the chaos of life starts rearing up its head. I love those still moments. But in the blink of an eye, it’s gone… either Alyx wakes up and wants to play or Frankie gets up and starts singing in the shower or maybe it lasts until I get to work, at which a co-worker immediately comes in and turns the radio on as loud as the boss will let him. And then it’s over, occasionally you can find a peaceful moment here or there, but it’s rare. Sometimes, I’ll make it home before Frankie and I’ll relish a few moments of peaceful silence before he comes homes and turns the TV on (he doesn’t always go straight for it, but most of the time he likes to have it on for “background noise”).

I think most people are afraid of the silence. It’s in those silent moments when you think about what truly matters in life. You think about your friends and family. You think about past failures and successes. You think about God. You think about death. You think about the unknown. You think about your goals in life. You think about those fantastic moments when your child laughed.

Life changing decisions are made in the silence. And that’s why most people distract themselves with noise. Life isn’t easy; choices can be hard. And a lot of people choose to tune it all out until the last possible moment.

There are some great verses that talk about being still and waiting quietly for God including a few of my favorite.

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10a

” Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.” Psalm 37:7a

“My heart is not proud, O LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.

But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
like a weaned child with its mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, put your hope in the LORD
both now and forevermore.” Psalm 131:1-3

” Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.” Lamentations 3:22-26

God wants us to seek him with everything we are, with everything we have. If we are afraid to turn off the TV, or unnerved by the silence around us, maybe we should be asking ourselves “why?” Are we truly seeking God if we are afraid to be alone with him? So there’s only one thing I have left to say:

Be Still…..

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