Waiting in Silence
I selected my stand that night almost entirely because of wind direction. I didn’t have any trail cameras in the area, so I didn’t really know what could happen. As the shadows grew longer, the hot early-fall wind weakened. Within a few minutes, my breath was the only breeze that remained. I was waiting in silence.
Even though I would have preferred a breeze of some kind that night. I was reminded of what silence can do. I also realized how much my modern mind and attention span is bothered by silence. Therein lies a serious problem.
The Struggle of Silence
Often when things finally get quiet and settle down around us, we try to come up with anything to distract us from considering things of most importance. It’s like our mind and motivations suddenly center on doing anything to break the silence. Silence, for us, is frightening, and that fear causes us to think of things that we normally would not. It’s because of this uncomfortable inner monologue, we avoid silence and anxiously seek any way possible to break it.
The Blessing of Solitude
“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.” Psalm 62:1
David implies in Psalm 62:1 that his soul also struggles with silence. It doesn’t wait on anything besides God. David understands that it’s often in the silence that he is pulled from all other voices and his soul is able to hear God’s voice. He is able to perceive God’s presence. Perhaps most valuably, David knows that in this clarity, comes his rescue.
Just as David experienced God in this way, and understood that the presence of God working in him would ultimately bring his salvation, we should also learn to embrace solitude. This is particularly true in an increasingly noisy world.
Silence Brings Clarity
Charles Spurgeon said, “There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service.”
The quieter things are in the woods at dawn or dusk, the louder natural noises, and hunter mistakes, seem to our senses. An arrow falling off our arrow rest might as well be a shotgun blast. When we can discipline ourselves to sit quietly, focusing on the condition of our soul, the impact of our sin can become just as clear and loud as that arrow. If we will wait, meditating on the word of God as we deal with that sin, God will fill us, and what was against us will be turned for our good.
Are you afraid of sitting in silence? Where does your mind go? How do you deal with that anxiety? The next time you experience this, think of a passage of scripture and pray. Then consider what God is telling you through his word, and write it down.