Lessons I’m Learning From Having A Voice But Not Being Able To Speak

Have you ever pondered what the maxim, “Silence is golden” really means? Juxtapose this with the song called “Talking Loud And Saying Nothing” (thanks Victoria Marshall for mentioning it in a comment) and you come up with an interesting tension. It truly takes wisdom to know when (and what) to speak and when to be silent.

During this time of not being able to speak, I’ve not only thought about the truism that silence is golden, I’ve also had many an opportunity to embrace it. I’ve had to listen a lot more while sharing a very small percentage of my thoughts: it’s cumbersome to share a lot when writing or texting is my only means of communicating with others. As a result, my days are marked by extremely brief exchanges—I’m not really dialoguing or conversing with anyone.

And it’s hard! There’s so much more that I want to say and know about what’s happening around me. For example, I long to know more details of the events transpiring in the lives of the children GOD has entrusted to my husband and me (like how the movie or Young Adult Group went). And I’m yearning to have carefree, spontaneous discussions with my husband.

I’ve also discovered that not being able to speak has slowed me down quite a bit. For some inexplicable reason, it saps some of my energy, taking a lot of the pep out of my step. The result of this overall slowing down is this: I’m relearning all over again that the quieter I become, the better I can hear—not just God “speaking” to me but others as well.

A.W. Tozer wrote: God speaks to those who take the time to listen.

Silence is indeed golden for that is when we listen best.