Updated: May 12, 2020
BY: MEGAN GILMORE
I have sat here looking at a blank page for days. I should have had a page filled with words. I had been having many God given moments of words over the past few weeks. But instead there I sat looking at a blank page.
Silence. No words came to me. I prayed and still no words came. I was met with silence. The longer I sat the more vividly I could picture each woman’s face that might be reading my words. And I just knew that at some point she has also been in the same kind of moment I was in currently, facing silence. You may not have been staring at a blank page hoping to write inspiring words of truth, but you have been met with silence. We can experience silence from society, relationships, but sometimes the hardest is silence from God.
One thing I have learned is that silence does not mean the absence of God.
Sometimes, silence means we have filled our lives with so much business and noise that we can’t hear His whispers. Other times He is using silence to refine us. Will we continue to be faithful to seek Him, even in the silence? Take a moment to check yourself. Are you filling your life with busy and noise that you can’t hear Him speak? Are you continuing to seek His face, even in the silence?
God promises us in Deuteronomy 31:8, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” He is right there with us in the silence.
Finally, I was outside the other day and looked into the sky and suddenly He spoke directly to my heart. I was relieved to finally have a solid word from Him. He reminded with the sun breaking through the dark clouds that He is breaking through darkness in my life. His light is more powerful than I understand. Sometimes we aren’t ready to hear what He has to tell us, so we need to wait patiently in the silence.
As I continued to think about the sky with the sun bursting through the clouds I couldn’t help but be grateful for the silence. The next morning He led me to a familiar scripture, however, this time I did read it beyond where I normally stop and had to smile...He is good at leading us where we need to go...even in the silence.
I want to share it with you Lamentations 3:23-29 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him. Let him bury his face in the dust— there may yet be hope”
I usually stop after reading that the Lord is good to those who wait, but this time my eyes caught the word silence. It is good to wait in silence because there is hope! We have hope that our God is listening, always listening. He is working in our lives and at the right time He will speak. Make sure you are in the head and heart space to listen.
Be patient. He is in your silence.