If you’ve been around me at all, you know that I don’t have a problem carrying a conversation. My wife, on the other hand, struggles at times with conversation. That is: if I’m not around. If I’m at her side, she’s fine, because she knows she won’t have to worry about those awkward moments of silence.
Awkward moments of silence have never been a problem for me because I’m a talker. If silence occurs, I have a way of filling the silence with the sound of my own voice. I’m not really sure if this is a gift or a curse.
We live in a day and age where we fill every moment of our lives with noise: whether it’s the TV, the phone, our music apps, video games, podcasts, our own voices, or whatever. We have come to the conclusion that silence is awkward, but why? Why is it that so many of us struggle with silence?
I believe it’s something that has happened slowly over time. It’s something that has gradually crept into our way of life. And it’s something that I think we have to be intentional about changing.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” I am learning that silence isn’t awkward. It’s actually an amazing opportunity to quiet my heart and mind and allow God to speak to me on a deeper and more intimate level. I’m able to hear things that I otherwise might have missed.
We were created for this kind of connection and we have to be intentional about quieting the noise and seeking Him in the silence. So, I encourage you to take time to step into the silence and know that He is God!