As I’ve been researching the history of Quakers, I’ve been intrigued by some of their tenets. The emphasis on quiet in worship, for example. They sit silently, listening with expectations to hear God’s spirit. Silence goes from being just an absence of noise to a moment of connecting with God in a deeper way.
A creative quiet.
The prophet Elijah discovered this kind of holy silence after Queen Jezebel threatened to kill him. Frightened, depressed, and lonely, Elijah prayed to God to come be with him. In the book of 1st Kings, it says that a mighty wind arose, but God was not in the wind. An earthquake shook the wilderness, but God was not in the earthquake. A roaring fire swept, but God was not in the fire. After the fire came silence. Once again, Elijah ventured to the mouth of the cave where he’d been hiding and there, in the silence, Elijah found God.
What place does silence hold for you? What have you discovered about God in creative quiet?
Get more on the fun research that I did of Nantucket and the Quakers on my blog — for the next week, we’ll be playing Nantucket trivia to win prizes everyday!