This post is part of my series 31 Days of Simply Writing. Every day for the month of October, I will be taking a one word prompt and writing for 5 minutes, similar to what I do for Five Minute Fridays. Today’s word is Silence.
Quite honestly, the only thing that comes to mind with this prompt is “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel. I’m learning how to play mandolin, and this is one that I have the chords for.
My house is not silent. At any given time, we have dogs barking, music playing, the TV blaring, and Little Bit talking my ear off. I love it. I love the noise and the chaos and just everything about my house.
But at times, it gets to be too much. That’s when I know I need to stop and be quiet and listen to God.
One of my favorite passages is after Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel. He was scared, and he wanted comfort from God. God sent a wind, an earthquake and a fire. But it wasn’t until God came in the still, quiet voice, that Elijah understood that God was always with him.
11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
1 Kings 19: 11-13 (New International Version)
So maybe silence isn’t always a bad thing. Maybe in the silence we can take the time to actually hear.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
Psalm 46:10 (New Living Translation)