The Sting of Silence

Their silence was deafening. The sting of sarcasm from their unuttered words ripped through my heart.

They sought answers for my decision, answers that I desperately wanted to know myself; answers that when given, sounded ridiculous to their ears. In my mind, I wondered if I had heard God correctly when He said “quit your job and serve me” because it was possible those were my thoughts resulting from my frustration with my 9-5 job.

I tendered my resignation January 2016, and frankly speaking, I was expecting the complex, haphazard puzzle pieces of my life to fall suddenly into place and reveal the big picture of what God required. Instead, all I heard was silence . . . And it stung. The more I knocked on His heart’s door, is the more He seemed to add another deadbolt. My calls were unreturned, and there was no pre-recorded voice message to offer even a glimmer of hope to ask me to try again at a future time.

He seemed to have gone on a spiritual vacation when I needed Him most.

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Dejected, I threatened to walk away from Him, because He set me up and I felt like a fool. God had prompted me to write a blog to declare how “I Quit My Job and Stepped Out In Faith.” He didn’t place it on my heart to apply for another job elsewhere, nor did He tell me what my next course of action should be. The planner in me had a difficult time comprehending His modus operandi, and it was frustrating.

Isaiah 55:8 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

Have you ever been desperate for answers, but the chilly sound of silence laughed in your face?

Like an invigilator in an exam, I felt His watchful eyes hovering over me to see whether or not I would give up when things got hard, or if I would make an attempt to finish. He knew the potential I had and wanted me to persevere despite not having all the answers.

His silence has shown me that sometimes I get caught up in the details, trying to know everything, when He has asked me to trust Him and trust His ways because He will guide me along the best path for my life.

Psalm 32: 8(NLT) 

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.” I will advise you and watch over you.

God’s silence is an opportunity to put the volume of the world on “Mute” so we may be better able to discern His voice. Be quiet . . . He’s speaking.


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