“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation.”  -CS Lewis

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All photos from Olympic National Park

            I like to spend time in quiet. Whether surrounded by nature or in a quiet room, God speaks to me in the silence. David said in Psalm 62 that he waited in silence for God. Jesus in Luke 5:16 sought the Father in the silence of the wilderness as did others in the Bible. Often we may run from silence.Joshua Birk wrote on breakpoint.org, “Noiselessness is so unsettling because…we are afraid of the answers that might pounce on us.” He goes on to say that venturing into silence “is both counter-intuitive and counter-cultural. Yet it makes perfect sense to a God who loves to speak in whispers to make sure we are listening.”

            It seems our information-riddled culture has truly forgotten what it is like to be silent. Too often I notice that I must have some sort of electronic device—be it big or small—turned on. It is so easy today to take our personal noisemakers with us wherever we go. I have even seen people wearing earbuds on trails in national parks. That just doesn’t seem right?0607-OMP-1007

            My wife and children know more than anyone else that I often like to hike being as quiet as possible. Sometimes I travel slowly and softly, looking and listening at the silence around me. I enjoy the subtleties of nature. Still, I always hope to find something that’s a little more than subtle, like an elk or moose. But all too often they hide quite well in the stillness of the forest. All I am left with is silence. What a treasure to be left with!

            It feels good to hear nothing but squirrels walking, elk feeding, or a bird landing on a branch 40 feet away. Silence is truly golden. The soft sounds that seep slightly above silence are soothing to my ears. More importantly, as I walk along the forest floor, I often praise God in my spirit. I might rest on a rock beside a lake or on the slope of a mountain to pray, journal, and read my Bible. In the silence of those places God speaks.

           0607-OMP-08-04 Sometime it is not always possible to walk in the wilderness, but a walk in a park can also give the quietness our hearts need. There is also a peace to be found in leaving the radio off in the car or at work. Or try this one: leave the smartphone at home and let God speak.

 

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Blog: Silence — 7 Comments

  1. Silence outdoors in nature is very different than silence while being indoors. Nature’s silence is alive and active, and feeds and heals my soul. Indoor silence is good, too, as in a prayer time, but to be in silence outdoors with the Creator’s hand and heart all around is the very best.

  2. I agree with you so much. I remember someone saying we have two ears and one mouth, so we can listen twice as much as we speak. The bible says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Listening is God’s frequency to our spirits. We are so blessed!

    • Morris, thanks for some good thoughts. We so need to listen. We are blessed when we do. The quiet of nature is a great place to hear His voice.