I’m a preacher and preachers talk. That’s kind of our thing. But during [a] time of blog silence, I noticed something: some of us talk too much! We long to be heard. Therefore we have blogs, video blogs, Twitter accounts, Snapchat accounts, and Facebook walls that are full of quotes, rants, and “wise teachings.” In reality, they are full of us. We long to be heard.
But sometimes, the greatest things we can say are said in complete silence.
In 2012, Eddie Murphy starred in a movie called A Thousand Words. The movie received mixed reviews, but it struck a chord with me. Eddie Murphy’s character, Jack McCall, loved to talk. He was an author’s agent and an arrogant, slick talker. Through a series of events in the movie, he finds out that he only has 1000 words left to speak. After the 1000th word, he will die. The point of the movie is not “What would you say if you had only 1000 words left?” Rather, the point is “What can you hear, learn, and communicate when silence is forced upon you.”
When we talk to God, we generally use words. But have you ever had a silent conversation with God where all he was listening to was your heart? And all you were listening to was Him? There are times to talk, but there are times to follow the example of the Psalmist, "I will listen to what God the Lord says." (Psalm 85:8)