Psalm 62: A psalm of David: My soul waits in silence for G-d alone; my salvation comes from him. 2 He alone is my rock and salvation, my stronghold; I won't be greatly moved. 3 How long will you assail a person in order to murder him, all of you, as if he were a sagging wall or a shaky fence? 4 They only want to shake him from his height, they take delight in lying with their mouths they bless, but inwardly they curse. (Selah) 5 My soul, wait in silence for G-d alone, because my hope comes from him. 6 He alone is my rock and salvation, my stronghold; I won't be moved. 7 My safety and honor rest on G-d. My strong rock and refuge are in G-d. 8 Trust in him, people, at all times; pour out your heart before him; G-d is a refuge for us. (Selah) 9 Ordinary folks are merely a breath and important people a sham; if you lay them on a balance-scale, they go up both together are lighter than nothing. 10 Don't put your trust in extortion, don't put false hopes in robbery; even if wealth increases, don't set your heart on it. 11 G-d has spoken once, I have heard it twice: strength belongs to G-d. 12 Also to you, Adonai, belongs grace; for you reward all as their deeds deserve.
Since I was a small child, I have had a love-hate relationship with silence. Silence was my solace from two brothers, as I would go sit in my "secret" place in the woods ( a large boulder just behind our house...not really "secret", as everyone knew where it was and that if they couldn't find me, that was where to look first). But if I was alone, say at home, I always had the tv or the radio on. I disliked being in complete silence.
Even just a few years ago, I couldn't be at home without having the tv on "for noise". I didn't like the house being quiet, especially if the kids weren't home. I rarely watched it, although sometimes something caught my attention. Imagine how much electricity I could have saved if I just turned it off!
Now, I rarely have a tv or radio on. We don't do cable any more. If I want to watch something, I look for it online, and watch it at my convenience. I am finding that as I work through my days, I hardly ever turn on the radio even. Occasionally I will put talk radio on, but not often. The news is all the same anyway. How to fight back against a government that is quickly and without thought, eroding our rights as citizens.
Instead, I have come to love the silence. So much so, that when the neighbors downstairs slam a door, or some of her rescue dogs argue, or one of her little ones screams, it sends me a few inches out of my seat. I have more time to think, which is both a good thing and a bad thing.
I spend more time in Yah's Word, reading, learning, soaking it all up. I also spend more time talking to my children. They are funny, and I love the conversations we have. I have also learned to find comfort in silence. It is a safe place now, a place where I can talk to Yah, and find out what he wants from me next.
Ahhh...silence equals peace.