I wrote about the gift of silence on January 27, 2011–seven years later I’m still learning. Because. If . . . you know me for 2.5 seconds . . . you know:
I love words. I lean on words. I craft words together to impact lives, to ignite new thoughts, and to inspire holy action.
Even so, words need to be used with discerning wisdom. I’ve felt the pressure to speak in the space of silence, eventually giving in, disrupting the sacredness of it. I wonder what was missed because I spoke?
I’m in process of learning to wait and let silence come.
I’ve had many wise teachers show me how to rest in the spaces of silence, giving more credence to the work of God rather than to fill-in-the-blank words. I’m learning to trust silence, understanding it to be an art as well as a tool of living the best life.
The thing is . . .
The space of silence is a sacred gift in our noisy, opinionated, need-to-say-something world.
Silence, no matter how uncomfortable, brings you and I to a deeper place with God, opening the door to MORE.
It’s said succinctly:
Be still and know God (Psalm 46:10).
I pray you make space for silence this weekend. Seven years later–I still am–Kerrie
Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
(Pictures by Shelly Mackerell Photography)