Lent Day #15 | Silence

Silence. It is a quality that is uncomfortable to be in. Many of us have never been in a space where complete silence has been achieved. I think if we were ever put in a situation where were would have to be completely silent we would not know what to do.

I came across an interesting article about an anechoic chamber, supposedly the quietest place in the world. I think what stood out as I read the article was how complete silence can affect our perception of what is happening. In the chamber all sound is deadened, but as your ears adjust you being to hear the sound of your heart and lungs; of your blood as it travels through your veins and arteries. I have never experienced this, but I wonder what that would be like.

anechoic chamber

Silence can be unsettling. I have had opportunities to get in a quiet place a few times in my life. It was not easy. It took some time to focus my mind, but in the end I found myself turning my attention toward God. I think what I found most interesting during these times of silence is how difficult it was to gather my thoughts and focus my attention. It was as if in the silence there was nothing serving as a boundary and I was the one creating the boundary of my conscious thoughts.

I would encourage you to take some time and seek God in silence. You may find it is more difficult that you would have anticipated.

About the author

Victor Scott

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, husband, father, and author. I am an avid Cubs fan and a lover of Chicago-style Deep Dish pizza.

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