October 24th: Silence {LIKE A TREE_31days of writing challenge}

It is one of those phrases that is not in scripture; but sure sounds like it could be:

“Let us be silent so we may hear the whisper of God” written by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

If you are a writer, a reader, artistic in anyway, you get silence.  I gobbled up and underlined Susan Cane’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. {click here to read my review}

A phrase I use often is: know your God and know yourself.  Of course we “know” we need to know God, and it is a life time pursuit of something we will never really achieve, and that is a good thing. But we need to know ourselves because we all have these predetermined personalities, and character traits don’t we? Thinking about silence, before I even knew what an introvert was, I naturally gravitated towards quiet and listening. Silence filled me up. So seek and carve out what you need.

But here is the thing:

Christ changed everything. He made a supernatural way for Salvation, and continues to make  supernatural inroads, as we walk out our faith; the sanctification counterpart of salvation.

So, if you, in the natural, are introvert, I believe God will display His glory in you, by transforming you to start walking in the opposite, or unnatural. The creature I have become at 35 would surprise the socks off my 25 year old self.  Only by God’s grace.

It is why growing in the likeness of Christ is synonymous with: uncomfortable.

Going about, year after year after year, trying to acclimate everything to suit me, stifles. I think of the image difference between a babbling creek and a still pond.  The pond gets cloudy and green very quickly.  Emerson, who penned the famous “let us be silent” quote could not figure out God and so abandoned pursuing Deity and embraced Naturalism. You can touch and examine and understand a flower, after all, and that is comforting.

I have more silence in my days now, then ever in my life.  It is really good.  But I feel this undercurrent of restlessness. I know this is not really where I am supposed to stay.  Even though I am writing more than ever, hearing from God with amazing clarity in prayer, The Word speaking, getting professional counseling, it is not where I want to stay.

I know I would get weird, and out of touch. My empathy would start to wane, because I will start to loom too large in my own horizon.

I will always need silence. I am no fun to be around when I can not get my introvert batteries recharged. But charged batteries are not meant to sit a drawer are they? They are meant to be plugged in and used for a purpose.

A tree’s root system is as large as its branches.  Without the underneath, silent, unobserved spreading of the roots, the tree would not be nourished, never stand straight, and would come up at the slightest ruffle of a storm.

But trees multiple because they are seed bearing. They produce oxygen so life can go on through it’s leaves. They bare fruit. It is the real purpose of its root.




31days of writing challenge.

Daily prompts given by the gang over at Five Minute Friday.

Click here to read my series from the beginning.

One thought on “October 24th: Silence {LIKE A TREE_31days of writing challenge}

  1. These words spoke to me. You, the introvert, will walk the opposite way of what you’ve known. I surely love being alone, but as ten years have gone by, I am being for people what I have never been before, interested in their well being.


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