When All You Hear Is Silence By Crystal Schmalz
Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Can you imagine what it might have been like the day the earth and the heavens were created? Genesis 1:2 tells us the earth was without form and void. There was no shape and a lot of openness. Darkness was everywhere. No light existed. Imagine the calm. Imagine the silence.
Almost five years ago I lived in Yellowstone National Park. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever experienced. There were trees, mountains, waters, wild animals, and there was a silence out there. I had never experienced that kind of silence before, because I have always lived in big cities with continuous traffic and noise. Imagine life without the noise, the busyness, the chaos…I remember as I was driving out west by myself, I would stop in different places and there was this incredible silence. I would look around and see land and road for miles. No cars, no ambulance sirens, and at night when I stopped to rest it was pitch black all around. The silence was eerie at times, because there would be no one for miles and miles on end. I even made myself stop for gasoline for more often, because I did not know how far it would be until the next city. At times it was just me, the silence, the wilderness, and God. I spent a lot of time with God that summer. I spent a lot of time in the silence. It was amazing, life changing, and transformative. But the silence, the silence was unreal.
This one time I drove to one of the beautiful lakes in Yellowstone by myself. I sat on the edge of the waters and listened into the silence. I looked out at the mountains and felt the cold water near me. The mountains were huge and many of them had snow caps. I cannot fully describe the beauty of those mountains, nor the space in my heart which longs for them. I would sit and stare at the quietness around me. I would notice God’s creation and beauty. No cell phones, or Facebook, or social media. There was very little noise, just silence and a calming peace. When you listen into the silence, there is peace. God gives peace which has the ability to go beyond understanding. When you live in the tension of the silence, there is peace. Silence is not something to be afraid of, because it is in the silence when God speaks most profoundly to our souls. It is in these quiet moments that we realize the profoundness of God. It is in these moments we sit with our creator and just be. It is about being, not always about doing. It is about opening our ears to hearing the voice of God, the voice which is often speaking but we do not always recognize and hear.
In Genesis 1:3, in the middle of silence, no form, in the void, God speaks. “‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” Can you imagine what that moment must have felt like? All that time there was darkness, silence, no form, and a huge void. But then, all of the sudden, in this moment there was light. The light was separated from the darkness. The light was the day and the darkness was the night, the first day. The light helps us see clearly. The light gives us direction. When God is your light, it makes all the difference. John said, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1-5).
As I think about my life and experiences, I see a parallel between this creation story and my own story. There are moments when everything seems silent. There are times when there is no form to the dreams God has given, and there are voids which feel empty and forsaken. Can you relate? But, just as the Spirit of God hovered over the waters in Genesis 1, the Spirit of God hovers over my life and yours. God’s presence, silent at times is still ever present. When everything seems dark, God is still there. When nothing makes sense, God is still there. When you feel like giving up, God is there to help you stand strong. God is our Light! God Is With Us In The Silence!
The presence of God has the power to separate light from darkness. In this creation account, God made light and day. This tells me that God has the power to separate the light from the darkness in our life. There is nothing too great for God. There is nothing impossible for God. God has the ability to provide direction, clarification, and guidance. God can help our vision to become clear, so that we can see our mission and purpose in life.
Today, as we reflect on this verse, remember the creating power of God. Remember that even in the silence, the voids, and in the emptiness God is present. What do you need today? What is your struggle? How is the calming and creative presence of God in your story today?
Copyright 2015 Crystal Schmalz and Crystal Schmalz Ministries