Part 2- Breaking The Silence
To be unplugged is like sweeping away the cobwebs of distraction, and with the lamplight of your mind and heart searching for inner calm and clarity amongst the dust and debri of the cacophony, the noise, and the whirlwind that life seems to demand. It is needful, it is necessary for me to be still, to be quiet. And I’m learning for myself it needs to be longer than I would have ever imagined, and it needs to be more often. In fact it has never occurred to me to be apart so dramatically, other than from the need of a daily quiet time with God. 1 Kings 19:11 Elijah in the cave…God is not in the powerful wind that tore into the mountains, not in the earthquake, not in the fire…but in the small still voice…and Elijah heard it and wrapped his face in his mantle and stood in the entrance of the cave.
What strange thing it is-- to totally separate, to unplug from my daily reality of conversation, computer, phone, texting, games, my daily talking routine, and to experience the cloak of silence and enjoy Him alone for more than hours, but for days. “For You will light my lamp” (Ps 18:28A)
My first 24 hours was magnificent, I was refreshed and ready for more. I did not experience unsettled, restless or inconsistent, confused or uncontrollable chatter in my thoughts…I did the second time around. What made the difference? My second 24 hours was just as wonderful, inviting me to extend my separateness, my cloak of silence. This time silence was more difficult to leave. Why? Was my heart mourning something? Am I on the cusp of discovering or knowing something?
My quest into silence will continue. It is part of my Hero’s journey that we’ve learned so much about through our MKMMA class. Others can encourage me, but I must go alone, no other person may walk into this journey with me. It is mine to walk and discover alone.
This is a teaser video. It comes in 12 parts. I’ve made mention of it during my Silence posts previously. You may find some solace sharing in 5 volunteers as they journey into 8 days of silence. What do they discover about themselves, about the life they are living, about God, and about being? What will you DISCOVER when you put on the cloak of SILENCE?