What if you only hear silence?
I was asking The Holy One for His advice one morning. As I sat quietly waiting to hear His words, they began flowing over me. What a treasure! It doesn't always happen so easily, but this morning it did. Believe me, I do not take one word for granted.
Later that morning I grabbed the phone to arrange an appointment with Jeff’s Parkinson’s doctor. I had been unable to make a follow up appointment after multiple attempts, and I was done being put off. I was going to power through this no matter what. After six, (yes.. 6!) calls being rerouted to a non-working extension, and my frustration level rising up to my throat, I stopped cold! Oh Father, I am doing exactly opposite of what you have asked of me! I quickly repented and asked for direction. While my call was being routed once again to a non-working extension, I paused to listen for His Voice.
And while I heard nothing from Him, I heard the recording to enter my mailbox number (of course I didn't have one!) and in that heavenly silence vs the world’s crazy chatter- I got it! His silence spoke loud and clear: “Are you calling because I directed you to? Do you have my Peace (shalom?) Or are you calling because your human mind insists you fix this issue? Is this path being directed by peace? Wow! I hung up the phone quickly and walked away to get clarity.
My mind and emotions were demanding that I call to make this oversight with Jeff’s doctor right. But, every attempt was thwarted, frustration reigned and my emotions were Cranking up. I was operating in self. I was not performing this action (setting an appointment) out of love or inspiration. I was coming at it to kick the door in and get results! I was not grounded in His peace (shalom), but rather setting a course correction- or so I thought.
But here, in the waiting, His Beautiful silence spoke volumes.
So in this amazing process of learning to live a grateful life, I purposefully pursued peace, and waited. I thanked HIM for the silence, and I thanked Him for the frustration that lead me to recognizing my error. I thanked Him that even in this minor obstacle, He has a plan. Three days later, I felt a peaceful “prompt” to call again. I was quickly sent to the proper extension where a very efficient and courteous scheduler put Jeff on the books at their earliest appointment. No fuss and no stress.
The Father is so good to us. He wants us to trust Him and brings multiple situations into our lives to train us to do just that!
Can you share a story of when you heard Him clearly? How about when you heard SILENCE? How did you respond? What was your take-away?
I would love to hear your story!!!
“For everything there is a season and a time for every activity under heaven:”…“a time to seek and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to discard; a time to tear apart and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak;”