8 Apr

how do you reconcile the sovereignty of God with his silence? this isn’t a hypothetical question. i’d love to hear your thoughts. it’s really hard for me to understand and be satisfied with God’s plan for my life when it feels like he is not saying anything. i don’t have an answer to this and maybe i never will this side of heaven. do you think if God gave us a little window into His plan for us we would be satisfied? would we want to argue with his plan? would we want more?

a dear friend of mine posted this on her blog today and i had to share. i’m a huge fan of andrew peterson‘s music. the way he writes always says what is on my heart. this song is no different.

It’s enough to drive a man crazy; it’ll break a man’s faith
It’s enough to make him wonder if he’s ever been sane
When he’s bleating for comfort from Thy staff and Thy rod
And the heaven’s only answer is the silence of God

It’ll shake a man’s timbers when he loses his heart
When he has to remember what broke him apart
This yoke may be easy, but this burden is not
When the crying fields are frozen by the silence of God

And if a man has got to listen to the voices of the mob
Who are reeling in the throes of all the happiness they’ve got
When they tell you all their troubles have been nailed up to that cross
Then what about the times when even followers get lost?
‘Cause we all get lost sometimes…

There’s a statue of Jesus on a monastery knoll
In the hills of Kentucky, all quiet and cold
And He’s kneeling in the garden, as silent as a Stone
All His friends are sleeping and He’s weeping all alone

And the man of all sorrows, he never forgot
What sorrow is carried by the hearts that he bought
So when the questions dissolve into the silence of God
The aching may remain, but the breaking does not
The aching may remain, but the breaking does not
In the holy, lonesome echo of the silence of God


what think ye?

2 Responses to “silence”

  1. Angela April 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    I have been thinking a lot about silence lately. I attended a Quaker meeting in Philadelphia when I visited there in November. The silence of God was amazing! I find myself drawn to silence. When I am in those silent moments, I know that God really is in control.

    This song and video is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.


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