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Into the Silence

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As I am typing these words I have my cell phone next to me. As a matter of fact, rarely is my cell phone not near. I can hardly recall the time in which I was not connected with other people and the world at large. It really wasn’t that long ago that the primary means of communicating over great distances was by letter writing.

With all the advantages of today’s technologies, comes the difficulty of finding time to experience silence. For many people, silence can seem to be a fearful thing, an intrusion of nothingness to be avoided. And yet, silence is critical; great speeches and music are punctuated with meaningful moments of silence.

When our mind is filled with constant external stimuli, we miss something very profound. The psalmist says in Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

The prophet Habakkuk stated, The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him (Habakkuk 2:20). It is the practice of silence that can free me from the addiction to and distraction of noise so I can be present to the Lord. We often have the illusion that the only way God communicates with us is through words.

Yet, the Spirit of God resides deep within us, in a place beyond language. Paul reminds us that the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words (Romans 8:26).

To become more aware of the presence of the Lord Jesus in your life, I invite you to begin a discipline of silence. Start by deliberately taking ten minutes a day unplugging from conversations, music, the phone, tablets, computers, Netflix, Sirius XM, etc. The anonymous author of The Way of the Pilgrim wrote, “I need peace and silence to give free play to this quickening flame of prayer.” Let the silence lead you into the presence of the One who loves you the most.

Blessings,

Alan