The healing of silence.
Sitting at the table in the sun, warm cup of coffee in hand, bible spread before me.
Struggling to quiet my heart so I can hear.
I started learning this art of silence, by having someone else model it in my presence... together we sought to just sit still and start our time together in silence, prayerfully seeking God's presence, Spirit, guidance, words to us.
The more we did it together, the more I tried it alone.
The more I tried it alone, the better I did at stilling myself.
How else to help others come to that point of silence? That point of listening to God?
Do what was modeled to me.
Model it for them.
Reflecting before speaking.
Seeking God's presence, starting our time together in prayer, and sitting still before Him, before we talk or do anything else.
That silence is so healing.
When I was in counseling, my counselor also modeled this for me. She sat and listened to me. She waited, as I shared. Then she waited as I sat quiet. She used a therapy that ended up encouraging me to listen to God and take that time to really focus on Him, hear what He had to say, and process it in relation to the struggles I was having at the time.
That's where I first started to gain healing in the inmost parts of my being.
Only now, as I look back do I see how powerful silence before God was.
"Silence is golden" we have heard so many times in reference to children. That is true, as a mother of two youngsters, sometimes that silence from the constant chatter and yelling is truly golden.
However, I would like to suggest a new twist. Silence is golden.... filled with the presence of the glory of God... His royal, sovereign majesty reaching down to flood our souls with the golden light of His presence within us... and we can only really see the depth of His presence in our hearts and lives through being silent before him.
Silence, in the presence of our God is truly a golden, healing balm.