God's Word for Today: Silence. Yes, that blessed word that can be tied in with peace and tranquility. Other times, silence is not your friend and is hitched up with loneliness and despair. But today, we are going to talk about the happy silence. That often rare moment when there is absolutely no sound.
I was very blessed to be born and raised on a farm. Technically, born in a hospital, but shortly thereafter and for the next 18+ years, the farm was my home. Our farm was 15 miles from nowhere. It was easy to find silence. Peace and solitude were abound. I was too young to care about tranquility.
One of my humorous memories of youth, is when I would be lying in bed at night with that complete silence. Lying on my side, I could hear distinct footsteps in my ear. I swore I was hearing monsters or giants marching my way. The only way I could ward of these scary drumming beings, was to not have one ear or the other buried in the pillow. When I felt brave, I would listen to their approaching march as long as I could take it just to test my courage. I don't remember at what age I finally determined it was my own heartbeat I was hearing. I still to this day smile when there is enough silence around that I can hear those giants once again approaching.
Last night, I woke up to silence. When you live anywhere near any semblence of population or any highway, silence is almost completely nonexistent. There is always something or somebody making noise. Always. But last night, in the midst of the "middle of the night calling" that advancing age requires, I noticed a complete and total silence. No dogs barking, no trucks pulling down the highway, not motorcycles doing who know what that time of night/morning, no nothing. It was pretty cool. I smiled, I tried to hear the giants.
Isaiah 25:5. And like the heat of the desert. You silence the uproar of foreigners; as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is stilled.
Wow, I wasn't ready for that scripture this morning. I was thinking more like Lamentations 3:28. Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him. Or, 1 Peter 2:15. For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. I really like that verse. It reminds me so very much of my Dad. He never said much. But when he did, you listened because it was something important. Dad was wise.
But today, God decided we should address the monsters we hear in the night. There is a lot going on tomorrow that requires extra security measures. Namely, in USA, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. We are now a paranoid people. We cannot sit by and be victims. That is good. Up to a point.
Ever since 9-11 and every terroristic attack after that, the reactions are getting more and more radical. I can't blame people at all. If it was any of my family or friends that fell victim to these ruthless monsters, I would be at the head of the attack against them. I would personally hunt each and everyone of them down. I would do my part to attempt to erradicate evil. I would make an awful lot of noise.
That is not what God is telling me to do. That is not what God is asking you to do. God wants you to fight with wisdom. God asks that you have the courage to believe in Him. Just like everyday situations, we have a tendency to take matter into our own hands and then really screw things up. God says, "trust me". God says, "quit making so much noise, your silence is what will hurt your enemies the most."
Today, and I know it is going to be most difficult, do not acknowledge the evil that is trying to destroy our Christain beliefs. The more we speak out with anger, hate, and noise, the more foolish we tend to be. Start with silence. Ask God for direction and then quietly wait for His response. Even your own personal monsters can be defeated in this way. If you are making too much noise, how are you ever going to know if the enemy you think you are hearing is simply your own heartbeat? Silence really can be golden.......................
Dearest Lord and defeater of all evil, forgive me for the times when I am simply making noise. Help me today to find that all allusive silence. I know that to hear your word God, I need to be quiet and listen. There is evil in this world that I want to stomp in the ground. But I know Lord, you have a better plan. Give me the strength and wisdom to listen to you God. To hear your word and follow your direction. Together Lord, we can defeat all the monsters in the night. In Jesus', whose silence led to my Salvation, name I pray. Amenk here to edit.