Silence… How Does It Help?…

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Meditation: When we go through troubling times, it is hard to be still. When so many external demands and challenges come at us, it is natural for us as humans to start fighting back. We fight to overcome the challenges. Through and after a resolution achieved by fighting, we somehow hope to find peace. Yet often we cannot resolve the situations that come at us, no matter how hard we try.  God offers us a different approach to troubling times by inviting us to become still in the midst of our challenges. When we get in touch with the silence within ourselves, we become able to put some space between us and our circumstances. In that extra space between us and the happenings, we catch our breath and start wondering what meaning might be hidden in what is happening. Sometimes we don’t find meaning right away, though we are quiet and try to listen. However, other times questions may arise in the silence like: “What is there for me to learn?” or “What could be the blessing in these events that right now feel so overwhelming and challenging?” or “Where am I growing and being stretched – even though I don’t like it?” And yet at other times, we are being still, yet cannot find any helpful questions and discover no meaning… Then all we can do is wait in the silence for God to come and be with us.

Prayer: God, sometimes we are too anxious to be still. Sometimes our brain is just not quieting down, but keeps racing. Sometimes we are angry because what is happening does not seem to be a learning experience, but it seems just unfair, wrong and without meaning. God, hear our anger, our fear, our sense of injustice, our feelings of being overwhelmed and our unspoken despair. God, be the encouraging quiet voice when we enter our inner silence. Be our rock, our hiding place and our hope whenever we don’t feel safe, hopeful or quiet. Amen

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. Psalm 62: 5-6