Letters to Jesus (Similes, Metaphors & Paradoxes)- 14
Silence is a way of minimizing the world around us. It helps clear a path to the center of our being. It lubricates the channel through which we focus on Your presence and how we live in that presence. But there is a joyful paradox in the cultivation of silence. It can, seemingly against itself, make us chatterboxes. To imagine someone you love but have not seen for a long time is facilitated by silent recollection. When the day comes that you are reunited in-person, your heart overflows into your mouth and you can’t stop talking – you can’t be silent.
As much as silence and stillness help me to reflect upon Your love for me and mine for You, I know that if I was physically in Your presence – in-person, I would be a chatterbox. Silence then would be a straight-jacket. I know this because these letters to You are only a preview of all I’d want to talk about with You.
I love my wife, but to be constantly silent in her presence would make her think otherwise. When I am with her I am compelled to share my mind and heart with her. Likewise this is the case with You. But for You and I this silence, stillness and aloneness makes our talking easier and there is an understanding between us that silence is the medium through which we “speak.” There are times in silence when I feel Your presence so strongly that I “gush” with words and there are also times when I just “bask” speechless.
Silent stillness in Your presence is not loneliness. There is no loneliness in being with You. It usually evokes a rush of words to express my heart. I can picture myself being face-to-face with You speechlessly awestruck or, more likely, spewing forth words from my heart.