Silence is a double edged sword. It can be used for evil and for good. Silence can be a weapon and a reward. The absence of words and/or the absence of sound. Silence can be golden and silence can be painful. Phyllis McGinley wrote, “Words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart.”
When you have a large family, you know the joys of silence. That rare occasion, when you step foot in the house to the stillness of being able to actually hear a pin drop. So you stop, shut your eyes and breathe a sweet breath of pure peace in that moment.
On the other edge of the sword, there have been those times when you’ve just had a heated argument with your spouse and there is only one thing left to say but no one is going to say it. The silence stretches until finally, it breaks. Guilty!
There have been times in my life when the Lord has been silent. I felt anxious and lost. Similar to the feeling of losing someone to death. Grieving the absence of one’s existence is very comparable to the cruelty of the silent treatment. Emotions like anger, frustration, restlessness, have run rampant in my heart in these times. Until with that still small voice He utters, “Be still and know that I am God.” He has his reasons, even though I don’t often understand them. However, I’ve been changed through perseverance and patience. Realizing that, fighting to hang onto hope is important.
Interesting how one simple action can give way to so many different responses. Please consider wisely when choosing to use your words or not. Always use your speech or your silence seasoned with grace, kindness and love.