Five Minute Friday

Not The Time To Be Silent

It has been one of those weeks.  A week of challenges and a week of great things.  At the same time.  Mainly a week that has taken all my emotional strength – and drained it.  Apparently, my mental energy drains right alongside my emotions.  I was content to skip posting today (which typically stresses me – but, like it said…zapped) but God so sweetly spoke straight to my heart this morning during devotions with my husband.  He reads from the Bible and from a devotional book as well.  The book we are using – Trust and Obey by Paul Chappell – was written two years ago…but today’s words seemed as if they were written specifically for me.  For right now.  This day in 2020. I love it when God does that!!  It has happened in conversations, through sermons and even blog posts and it is not a coincidence.  It is God – speaking to me!  And what a gift it is!  Here are just a few thoughts from this morning:

“….one of the common responses to hardship and enmity is silence…..But it is in the moments of challenge that our voices are most important.  The opening of our mouths in praise and worship to God is not optional in the Christian life.  The silent Christian is a disobedient Christian.”

“God created us to praise Him, and this is just as true in difficult times as in times of blessing.”

Amen and yes indeed.  Powerful, encouraging…and convicting.

I have always had less than stellar hearing – even as a child.  I was often told that I was too loud – and (strongly) encouraged to stop talking so loudly.  I blame my hearing.  Whatever the reason, somewhere along the way I learned to withdraw.  If I didn’t talk, I would not get in trouble for being loud and, if I wasn’t engaged in talking, I would withdraw into my thoughts, etc.

As well, I have never really enjoyed loud.  Loud music.  Loud conversations or voices.   Even celebrations that become loud.  Loud noises always startle me and other types of loud (whatever they may be) either frighten, annoy or irritate me.  Either way, I typically withdraw.  Being a skill learned early, it comes naturally for me.  However, this defense often overflows into other situations where I feel overwhelmed.  The more tired, drained, hurting, griefing or even overwhelmed with wonderful emotions I am, the more silent I become.  The “loud” of life makes me silent.

And, yes, there are times when I need to remain quiet.  I appreciate that.  However, there are so many more times where I need not only to refuse the retreat but also to speak up.  To use my voice – in spite of the loud, over the loud or even to calm the loud.  To calm the noise in my own heart.  It takes wisdom to know the right words to say and the right time to say them.  Often, it takes courage.  But the best place to start is with praise.  Praise, worship, gratitude.  These words should not remain unsaid.

I’ll end with part of a quote from Charles Spurgeon – also taken from today’s devotional.  Spurgeon said, “Doth not all nature around me praise God?  Doth not the thunder praise Him……the mountains…the lightning??  Hath not the whole earth a voice? And shall I, can I, silent be?”

Wonderful thoughts to ponder.

18 thoughts on “Not The Time To Be Silent

  1. Your quote from Spurgeon reminds me of Psalm 19 which says that the heavens proclaim God without ever saying a word. It is written more beautifully than I can do it justice here.

    Amie, FMF #14

    1. Oh so hard!! Sometimes my being silent is not simply withdrawing…but a lack of courage. I don’t think I very often err of the side of speaking too soon or at the wrong time – but I’m good at it as well:)

  2. Through most of my life silence was what others dearly wished from me…

    I’m the beating heart of ‘party’,
    the laughing soul of bonhomie,
    but when I get too hearty,
    it’s “Dude, can you more silent be?
    We all know that you like to sing
    (and your voice makes that a pity),
    but really, mate, here’s the thing:
    How can YOU feel pretty?
    And dancing to your singing;
    do you know just how that looks?
    And your whirling arms are bringing
    down shelves full of beloved books.
    We know you love that Broadway show,
    but is that the only song you know?”

  3. I loved reading this. This resonates with me as someone who lives a lot on her own head, the ‘loud’ of life tends to silence me too. But God delights in the praises of his people and so praise and worship is a habit I have developed over the years even when I’m ‘silent’. I’m glad you wrote today:)

  4. I am so glad you decided to still write today! This was such an encouragement for my heart. I find when my heart is most troubled it really helps to listen to worship music and lift up my heart in praise and worship to him.

    Love,
    Annie

    1. Thanks so much, Annie! I’m glad my thoughts could be an encouragment…and glad that I decided to post!! Thanks for stopping by –

  5. Like you, Jennifer, I tend to withdraw when things get loud too. I become the outside observer, never truly engaging. The thing is, soemtimes God’s inviting me to engage—with Him, with others. And that often means stepping into the loud intentionally and with an open heart. And yes, using my voice.

    Great thoughts here, friend.

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