When I Go Quiet
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. Mother Teresa
Every couple of weeks I find myself growing silent. Not by choice… I guess by necessity.
I can sense my need for silence in the absence of something to say. You can measure it in my lack of tweets and forced or non-existent blog posts. I feel it in my impatience with people and lack of desire to chit-chat.
Perhaps it is exhaustion.
Perhaps it is just the rhythm and pattern of my life.
Perhaps it is God calling me to silence.
But all I know is it’s becoming predictable and I’m recognizing how much I need it. I’m learning not to fight it, but to embrace it.
There have been times I’ve felt guilty for longing for silence. I’ve felt compelled to stay among the noise. I’ve felt responsible to stay engaged.
But if what Mother Teresa says is true – that God cannot be found in the noise and restlessness, and that we need silence to be able to touch souls – I’m ready to embrace the silence.
How about you? Do you have trouble going quiet?