Even God Rests From Talk
18 July, 2019
Silence is as rich as it is poor. It is a pleasure to have and yet feels incomplete, empty. At creation God spoke into the incompleteness of the universe to fill it. Where there is silence the air itself is not fulfilled, for its task to carry words is not exercised.
However there is also strength within the void that silence creates. Where there is silence nothing new is being added or created, no instructions or reflections are offered or taken, and so no energy is expended. There is no expense to silence.
Even God rested from His speaking on the seventh day.
Through silence there is recovery. It is the place to receive from God, an acceptable offering of oneself. For those who do not seek to be known silence becomes the fruit of humility. When ears are open, mouth closed - God is heard.
It is when I am seated in silence I permit God to overcome me, striving not to overcome Him with my endless desire-fed chatter.
The good Shepherd leads His own beside quiet waters, not noisy rolling surfs or boiling rapids. He knows that it is in quietness the body is revived and the soul is restored. Through such seasons energy returns and the soul smiles again.
Silence and strength lie beside each other, they are partners to stillness.
(BUT PLEASE NOTE: where the words are many sin is not far away. Proverbs 10:19)
As justice partners righteousness, faithfulness precedes love - so too does strength rise from silence.
He leads me beside the quiet waters. He restores my soul. (Psalm 23:2b-3a)
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'Usually we see others not as they are, but as we are.' ~ Brennan Manning
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