Is God Sometimes Silent? Part 2

 

(Click here for Part 1 Is God Sometimes Invisible? if you missed it)

For many months I had experienced a real sense of the Lord’s life in and around me.  It seemed He was definitely active in teaching me things, showing me more of Himself, speaking to me through others, through creation or things I read. My times of communion with Him had been rich and fruitful. Even through trials and challenges I sensed His life and purpose in it all. It seemed like it had become a new way of living and it felt solid and dependable.

But in this particular season He was all but gone. Or so it seemed.

I continued my walk through the park to sit down on the park bench. The bench was facing a large pond with a fountain in its centre.  The water was reaching high into the air, gushing and flowing as it had been every day that I’d been there to walk Rocky.

As I sat there still ruminating on how the Lord had just spoken to me of His hiddenness in the picture of the camouflage tree (see Part 1)  I was startled by the abrupt silence of the fountain stopping its flow. Suddenly everything was deathly quiet and I realised that I hadn’t even noticed how loud it had been until it stopped.

It came quickly to me in that moment that I had been pining for the noisy and active flow of the Lord’s life that I had known in recent months and that now, as with this fountain in front of me, it seemed all flow had ceased and all had gone quiet, if not silent.

Just as quickly, I sensed the Lord speak this into my spirit;

I am in the noisy flow of life and I am in the silence also. The noise and the silence are both aspects of Me. Don’t wish any part of Me away. 

I was astonished.

Lord, cause me to accept Your apparent silences and to not lose heart or faith that even that is part of who You are. You are in all things. You have so many expressions of who You are that even eternity cannot contain them. Help me to hear You and recognise You in the silence, that I might know You more. You will never be put in a box Lord. You are always far beyond how we have known You in the past, even the recent past. You are enormous and Oh! how You want us to know You in all of Your expressions. 

 

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4 thoughts on “Is God Sometimes Silent? Part 2

  1. So very hard. Reading blogs about his silence, it’s so hard to find experiences and knowing how long it’ll last. I’ve realized how rotten I am, I failed the test of silence. One day he will speak again, I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same though. Heart has had enough of being broken. Let it heal already

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    • Dear brother, I hear your pain. There is a beauty however, in your pain Christ is working His life in you. You are still a branch in the Vine, no matter the silence, the pain, the sense of weakness. The Father has placed you in His Son. Periods of the Lord’s apparent silence do not equate to the Lord ever leaving us. He has purpose even in His silence. I pray you will find that by faith, you can rest in His silence and not see it as a punishment, a rejection or anything negative from the Father, but a love divine doing a hidden work deep within you as you abide in Him still, and in His conforming you more into the image of Christ, His Beloved, of whom you are part.

      “The Christian thinks his weakness his greatest hindrance in the life and service of God: God tells us that it is the secret of strength and success. It is our weakness, heartily accepted and continually realized, that gives us our claim and access to the strength of Him who has said, “My strength is made perfect in weakness” (Andrew Murray, Abide in Christ).

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