A friend of mine noted that the quiet of the early morning hours made her wonder if she could enjoy life when it was no longer so hectic which prompted me to think about rest, quiet and soul health.
Sometimes silence is deafening. When we choose to be silent, we meet ourselves and our past there (thank you for that thought, Gay Hubbard).
We may also meet God in the silence. Depending on the truths we know or
perceptions we have of God (from the Bible, experiences with authority
and our parents) we will either enjoy that meeting or run from it.
I used to keep busy to keep busy. I used a full schedule to avoid facing
the pain in my heart. Healing took quite a process of education,
revamping what I believe about God and myself and making tough choices
that I had to work to live out. Now that I have lived in that place of health, I find myself
enjoying silence more. I still enjoy activity and being with people. I
still enjoy handcrafts, but the drive to do them is not as strong now.
They are no longer a necessity, rather a joy.
Permission to be silent and to rest comes from a healthy understanding of God as our good Father and good Shepherd. When we believe the truth about God, meeting Him in the silence to speak truth to us is not intimidating and full of hope.
Read through the New Testament asking God to show you who He really is, not who you think He is. Take notes and learn. He will surprise you! Brad Jersak has written a good book on having healthy conversations with God in quiet moments and his wife, Eden, has written a lovely book of ideas to start those conversations.
What do you do with silence? Are you at peace or in fear? Can you choose to face what you might find there?
For peace in solitude,