Psalmist says, “My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him.” (Psalm 62:5) There are many occasions that we find in the Holy Bible where God speaks in silence.
God touches in solitude
God’s most meaningful touch on our lives comes when we are alone. Some of the most profound ministries of the Spirit are not public or loud or large. They come in silence and solitude. That is why God says, “In quietness and trust is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)
Seek God in Solitude
We have places where we can be alone with God. There are places where we can get away for a long walk; may be a wooded area or a green pasture or a serene sea shore. The gentle breeze blowing through the trees may give us a therapeutic inspiration. Just being alone out in God’s marvelous creation can remove the scales from our eyes.
Solitude is the Furnace of Transformation
Henry Nouwen calls solitude, “the furnace of transformation.” It does not mean to sit idle for sometime in a mere personal privacy. Solitude is an oasis of the soul where we can find our own selves, where we can see others in their real perspectives and where we can find God in new ways. It is there that we can identify much of the ‘clutter’ that occupy our lives and exterminate them. The ‘merciless heat of the furnace’ can purify us from all the clutters. Our soul undergoes the surgery of transformation as the divine serenity replaces anxiety.
In solitude, struggles occur that no one else can know; inner battles are fought there that seldom become known to the outside world. But God who probes our deepest thoughts during the protracted segments of solitude opens our eyes to things that need attention. He makes us aware of our defects that we try to hide from others.
God wants to speak to us. He is waiting for an occasion. Let us listen to His words in silence and tell Him, “Lord, speak to me. Here I am, to hear your words.”