James Emery White: The Silence of God — Perhaps it’s not silence we’re encountering while we seek God, but rather a pregnant pause — a prompting to engage in personal reflection so that the deepest of answers, the most profound of responses, can be given and received. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls. (Psalms 41:5-7) The psalmist comes to see that there is no silence; the answer coming from God is deeper than words. God is present, and speaking, but what he’s saying isn’t resting on the surface waters of life. This is a season where deep is calling to deep or, as Thomas Kelly phrases it, a time of going “down into the recreating silences.”

 

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Silence.

In truth, it was the deepest conversation we had ever had. God was moving within me, communing and communicating with me on levels that I had never opened to him before. That night was the first of many such conversations — some even more traumatic.

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In an article in the magazine Fast Company, the chess master and much sought-after mentor Bruce Pandolfini discusses how he works with his students:

My lessons consist of a lot of silence. I listen to other teachers, and they’re always talking . . . I let my students think. If I do ask a question and I don’t get the right answer, I’ll rephrase the question — and wait. I never give the answer. Most of us really don’t appreciate the power of silence. Some of the most effective communication — between student and teacher, between master players — takes place during silent periods.

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