Silence is the sanctuary for God’s presence residing in the depths and recesses of our heart. In the solitude and quiet, we seek and discover the love of Christ dwelling with us. In the silence, we become still to hear God speaking life to us. Be still and know I am God.
It’s a sacred space that the doubting and questioning thoughts which overrun our minds slow their pace so we can contemplate life, not from a physical but spiritual dimension. Silence is not the absence of noise but the place we cultivate the various voices and troubling thoughts in our lives which come between God and us.
The silence can be chaotic before it becomes quiet and still in our heart and mind. Silence moves us beyond our conscious thoughts and ideas so we can contemplate the perplexing questions of why am I here and the meaning and purpose of my life. Silence helps us uncover the uniqueness of who we are and understand our destiny in the vastness of the universe and that we are not alone.
Silence helps us explore the questions concerning our existence and the underlying fears that manipulate and control us. When the silence carries out its work, it helps us grasp we are part of something much more significant than ourselves. It helps us understand we are not separate from the creation or creator but we are an integral part of everything that exists. We are made in the image of God, and the silence helps us reflect back upon the author of life, and we live and move and have our being in the One who created everything that has been made.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 NIV
Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17 NIV
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:3 NIV
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