Yesterday the Alabama Department Of Health challenged all Alabamians at noon to have a moment of silence for the over 12,000 (12,420 to be exact as of this morning’s Dashboard) who have died from COVID-19, their families, and healthcare workers. I wonder how many did this? I did, and I confess that as I started my moment of silence–even before it began–my mind was screaming: “Silence? Silence? You want Silence at a time we should be crying and wailing! We need to cry out–make some noise!”
And I know I heard the Holy Spirit say unto me: “Really? You think Silence is a waste of time? You’re just full of yourself, aren’t you!” Can I be honest with you? There are some occasions when I absolutely “dislike” it when the Holy Spirit speaks to me–and He’s right! Yesterday was definitely one of those occasions; He was right! But then, is the Holy Spirit ever wrong? Apparently some think so; but I know better!
There is such a boisterous cacophony of all kinds of ideas and words (yay, even the disquietude of personal opinions) around COVID-19 and vaccines. Now that I have been silent and had a moment to set aside all thoughts, Silence has been a good thing–a VERY GOOD THING! Silence is more than getting away to a quite place without the noises of people and things. And Silence is unquestionably more than keeping our big yaps closed. We must muzzle and shush the mind–otherwise there is no SILENCE!
Think about Elijah at Mount Horeb/Sinai. It was all that clatter and hullabaloo that got him there–both from Jezebel and from himself. Elijah was suicidal. That speaks a mountain of things about listening to others, and even ourselves. God directed him to go the Mount Horeb (a.k.a. Sinai). Elijah went and God told him he was about to pass right in front of him.
There was wind–such a strong wind that rocks were blown from their secure locations. If you’ve ever been in a hurricane or near a tornado you know that there is a lot of noise in strong winds. But, nope! God ain’t there! Then an earthquake–again lots of noise. Again, God ain’t there! Then there was fire–again, lots of noise. But God ain’t there! Then–I said THEN—SILENCE! The noise of the wind, earthquake and fire was gone. There was SILENCE! How do I know that? Because God whispered! Whispers cannot be heard without some silence.
Maybe you’ve heard this saying: “Silence is golden.” It’s another one of those sayings that sounds good–but isn’t completely true. The exactitude of Silence is more than it is golden–It Is Sacred! That is, if we can keep our hearts and minds clear of the fuss and fracas of the world–and our own caterwauling!