(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.