the sound of silence (still haven’t found what i’m looking for?)

5 Jun

From May 26, 2011:

Right now, I’m sitting in near silence. I hear the click of my keyboard, the ticking of my wall clock, and the occasional passing car. Other than that, the only sounds are the crinkle of paper as my cat plays nearby and the chirp of crickets outside. No man-made noise…and it is glorious.

One of my favorite passages of scripture is 1. Kings 19: 9-13. Here, the prophet Elijah waits in a mountain cave for God. There’s a great wind, an earthquake, and a fire. God isn’t in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire. But then, Elijah hears a “still, small voice.” Some linguists translate this phrase as “the sound of sheer silence.” And when Elijah “heard” that sheer silence, he went out to meet God.

We spend so much of our lives searching for meaning. We yearn so desperately for guidance. We long for true depth of spirit and expansion of soul. I think we lack guidance, meaning, truth, and depth because we’re so busy concentrating on noise. If we were still — if we listened for sheer silence — maybe we would finally find what we’re looking for.

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