Tonight our community took some time to consider how we hear God’s voice. We shared our experiences and wrestled with the idea that, as Francis Schaeffer has said, “God is there and he is not silent.” We rounded out the night by taking some time to quietly wait upon the Lord. Thanks to all those who came for their special contributions. I thoroughly enjoyed our time together!
The following scene was inspired by our meeting:
Sitting next to a mountain lake I stared blankly into the icy water. Ripples of wind masked the surface, clouding the mysteries beneath. In time, the branches of the trees around me stilled and the place became eerily silent. Another moment rolled by and the surface of the lake flattened out like a big sheet of glass.
With my eyes half focused I was able to distinguish the contents of the depths below. A world of wonderful complexity took shape before me. At the same time, the sheen on the lake’s surface reflected the majestic beauty of the distant mountains. My breath was stolen away. Any fear which had crept into my heart was suddenly overtaken by a profound sense of awe – and a crippling recognition that there was far more to my experience than I had originally realized.
Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8
For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken…
…For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
May you discover the wonderful complexities of your own heart as you wait in silence. May the beauty of Christ leave you awestruck as salvation overtakes your receptive soul.