Puzzling Silence

by Oct 30, 2020Article

Puzzling Silence

It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.

Proverbs 25:2

There’s no greater feeling in the world than finding the last piece of a puzzle and locking it into place. At least that’s how I felt a few weeks ago when my husband and I finally finished a 1500-piece puzzle that we bought on a whim because “we thought it’d be fun.” I’m not big into puzzles but it seemed like an enjoyable way to spend our evenings together. What I thought would be an entertaining pastime quickly turned into a frustrating task where I had to reach deep within myself for patience to finish it. The puzzle took us several days to complete and the day we found the last piece we felt an immense amount of satisfaction. We put in the hard work and we were rewarded with seeing the whole picture complete.

Like that puzzle, I am often presented with circumstances in life that are frustrating, challenging and disappointing. The pieces of my life don’t seem to fit together and I’m left with only questions. As if that were not enough, it can seem as if God is not inclined to answer my questions and willfully remains silent. “God, why don’t You answer me? Don’t You care about me?” Nothing.

You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all of your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)

The silence can be frustrating, even painful. But silence is not a sign of God’s anger or cruelty. Silence is a sign of God’s love. It is a gift that draws us into deeper intimacy with Him as we learn to seek Him out. Every time we ask questions, every time we pray, we search. As we search, God reveals a little bit more of Himself. Every time we draw nearer to Him, the more our hearts open to Him. God is not far away, ignoring what’s going on in our lives. Rather He is close at hand, waiting for us to use the gift of silence and to search for what matters most.

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