Writer: Jonathan Micheal Ocweo
Silence. The complete absence of sound can in several circumstances turn out to be the loudest. Yes, I meant it when I said; “Loudest”. Even louder than The Tunguska Meteor.
We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.
C. S. Lewis | “The Weight of Glory”. Book by C. S. Lewis, 1949.
A very influential public figure was once asked: What would be your first words to God if you died and went to heaven to meet Him? He answered with a single unpunctuated word; ‘SILENCE’. He was more worried about what God had to say about him than what he would want to say to God because God knows, listens to, and feels everything. That in every way includes silence.
Sometimes the people that we want to help, those mourning the loss of a dear one, a friend who just had a bad day, rape victims, victims of domestic violence, victims of defilement, victims of a robbery, victims of wrongful convictions, victims of sexual harassment, victims of child abuse. Sometimes all they need is your presence. Sometimes all they want to know is that you are here to help them through the process of healing.
Silence can be a very powerful discipline to inculcate especially when tied together with the wisdom of when and when not to use it. Resisting the urge to say what is on your mind takes great and intentional effort with one’s mind focused on the objective at hand. When you love someone that much, you do it for them, no matter how difficult the task at hand.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace
With wisdom from the scripture, it is therefore not true that silence is always the answer to the issue at hand, but we are called to know and understand the season and time, then act accordingly. This article does not in any way suggest anything that is contrary to scripture but encourages you to seek wisdom and know when and how to apply or refrain from either.
God bless you