I tend to last about a minute. How long can you take it? When do you give in?
How long can you endure…………… "The Silence"?
I've been calling it "The Silence" - that period of time I can handle having "nothing to do" before I pull out my phone and start texting/facebooking/tweeting or playing Candy Crush. How long does it take for you?
I've been watching myself. In store lineups. At the doctor's office. Waiting for someone who's late. A minute of The Silence is about all I can take. And I think there's something wrong with that. With me.
After all, it's not like I don't have things I need to think about… there's people in our church I could be praying for, plans to make, stuff around the house I need to remember to do; there's usually interesting things to look at… trees, people, clouds; but it's the silence that gets to me. I'm not talking about lack of NOISE - I can turn on the radio or listen to people talking. It's the MENTAL silence - boredom; loneliness; that lack of constant stimulation. I can't handle it! And as I look around, I'd say most of you have trouble with it too. Look at you - heads bowed before your own cell phone altars. I'd laugh at you if I wasn't so close to beating this level…
So I've started working on it. I'm trying to actually enter INTO The Silence these days. When my fingers get itchy and I reach for my phone, I start by just noticing that I'm breathing. That the sun is shining, or wind is blowing. I try to notice the people around me and wonder if they could use a prayer. (I try not to stare though - I don't want to look any creepier than I already do) I think about my family and how much I love them.
You know what I'm noticing? After about 2 minutes, I'm not so afraid of The Silence anymore. I start to feel more comfortable in my own skin. You what's REALLY cool? I notice that I'm not alone. I notice that as I embrace the silence within, someone else is there, waiting for me to notice Him. Maybe that's why the Bible tells us to "Be still, and know that I am God…."
How long can you handle The Silence?