Listen to the quiet. That was my grandfather’s unappreciated advice when I was young. But it echoed as I grew. I discovered that God was at work in and through the quiet I was so desperate to ignore.
It’s much easier to see God in miracles, in a thundering voice and pillar of cloud, in the shining light of transfiguration and the supernatural exodus of ascension.
And to be sure, God is very much present and active in these moments. But my grandfather understood that God is also at work in the quiet, in the stillness and silence that we can all too easily pass over if we aren’t paying attention.
The quiet isn’t vacant, barren or desolate. Like the God who works in and through it, the quiet is vibrant, dynamic and very much alive. All we need to do is listen.
This message is an excerpt from the blog “Listen to the quiet” by Hannah Hawkinson.
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