Psalm 46:10-11 – Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Time and again the Bible invites us into the silence that surrounds us, and we are unwilling.
Time and again the Bible invites us to listen, even when we do not know what we are listening to or for, and we are unwilling.
Time and again it is the clamour of the self that needs to be brought to quiet so that the quiet of God can be brought to consciousness, and we are unwilling.
Why are we unwilling?
"Silence is a frightening thing", says Joan Chittister. Silence leaves us at the mercy of the noise within us. We hear the fears that need to be faced. We hear, then, the angers that need to be cooled. We hear the emptiness that needs to be filled. We hear the cries for humility and reconciliation and centredness. We hear ambition and arrogance and attitudes of uncaring awash in the shallows of the soul and so many souls are indeed in the shallows. Silence demands answers. Silence invites us to depth. Silence heals what hoarding and running will not touch. Silence invites us to learn to step quietly and consciously into the presence of God, listening and waiting and trusting.
Prayer: Help me God to be still for a moment and listen to the deep stillness that is filled with your voice. Help me live in the silence of your Son, my Saviour and know the peace and presence that only he can bring to my life. Amen.