Is there a time when only silence provides us with the precious time we need to contemplate and investigate where we’ve been and where it appears we were going?
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We live with conflict on a daily basis, whether that be the driver who cuts us off on the freeway only to slow down blocking the way, or the bit of oatmeal that generates a slight feeling of uncomfortableness shortly after breakfast. Conflicts big and small fill our days. The most significant ones however are those which occur between people. We all have opinions which set us up for a broad range of ideas which may or may not suit the person we’re sharing them with. As a result, conflicts may ensue. One of the things I’ve noticed when conflicts arise between people, especially people who love one another intensely, are the usual moments of silence often following an emotional outburst. Did you ever notice how combatants are apt to adopt silence for a period of time following a verbal altercation? A lot can happen during these times. Feelings can heal or they can foment into something far deeper than the initial wound that started it all. But silence often seems to follow a conflict, and how blessed the moment when silence serves to bring about a better thought, a kinder word or a softer touch.
Turning over your life to a time when only silence provides us with the precious time we need to contemplate and investigate where we’ve been and where it appears we were going, is critical to coming out on the good side of conflict. There are simply times when silence is the better option
Here’s a story. “It had been a rather stormy board meeting and some very harsh things had been said. One man–always highly respected and unusually wise in his judgments–had said nothing throughout the proceedings. Suddenly one of the leaders in the argument turned to him: ‘You have not said a word. I am sure we would all like to hear your opinion about this matter.’ ‘I have discovered,’ replied the quiet one, ‘that there are many times when silence is an opinion.’” (Bits & Pieces, September, 1989.)
One of Jesus’ best friends, Lazarus, had become quite ill and was in grave condition. Word had reached Jesus that he needed to come right away if anything miraculous was to be done. Nevertheless, Scriptures record . . . “So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days (John 11:6) . . .” Why did Jesus wait? Why, for that matter, does God often wait with us in a time of silence after something alarming, even contentious happens in our lives? God loves you and me dearly, more dearly than the written word can tell. So, it’s good and right that often at these times of greatest need he is the most quiet in his actions. Silence is indeed often the best option when it comes to mending a broken heart, especially when that silence provides a time of mending for us. It is also a time that facilities our ability to grow in confidence that God will provide . . . in his glorious time.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us times when silence can reign and we can focus on concentrating on the awesome beauty of how you fix our problems in your own time. Forgive us when we complain that our timetable has been broached and we fail to concentrate on your glory and your power to make things right––in your time. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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