Words, they are every where and they seem to bombard us in every possible way. Our technology allows us to be connected to one another & to our culture, every hour of every day. The din and the noise, the wordiness of our world seems to boil up into a raging cacophony that can over whelm, disorient and disconnect us from ourselves, our world and our God.
So, what happens when we turn off our technology…..all of it? What happens when we encounter the ‘sound of silence’. When was the last time you drove your car and you did not listen to the radio? Where did your mind take you? Were you surprised by your thoughts? Did you encounter your inner noise? What did it tell you, about you? Often I turn on the technology & embrace the noise because it helps me to escape….what am I escaping from….Me!?
When we encounter silence, how do we understand it? When there is silence in a relationship, what do you do with it? Often we label it as an ‘awkward silence’ and we fill the void with our own words. But as we fill the silence with our words, we can easily forget that silence is a profound form of nonverbal communication. We often interpret the silence through the lens of our own insecurity. At that point I start to wonder if you heard me? did you understand me? did you agree with me? did I upset you? do you like me? am I ok? do you think I am stupid? My conclusion…..I upset you! I should have kept my mouth shut! You do not like me, I am not ok!
I turn on the radio, I increase the volume…..I cannot handle the messages in the silence!
What happens if we start to embrace silence and we see it as a gateway to connection? If we sit quietly with another, can it be a form of transcendent intimacy that is transformational? Can our presence be an affirmation?
God calls us into silence & solitude. As we encounter Him in that place….how do we interpret His silence? If we interpret it out of our insecurity we might cower & hide. I would like to suggest that we interpret His silence through the lens of His incredible love. I need to focus on the fact that He made me, He called me, He empowers me, and He allows me to be an agent of His reconciling love in a hurting world. The messages in the silence do not mean He does not care. They easily can mean that he cares and he wants to be with me in the intimacy of solitude.
This day, I challenge you to turn off the technology. I challenge you to meet Him in the intimacy of silence. Allow His love to surround you!
Please journal about your journey into silence & solitude, that you might record what you have learned and experienced.
It would be a courageous blessing, if you would share your insights with us.
Embrace the Adventure!
Yours and His, Dick