Kate, the host of Five Minute Friday said…
The Lord is good to those who depend on Him, to those who search for Him. So it is good to sit quietly for salvation from the Lord…Let them sit alone in silence beneath the Lord’s demands. Lamentations 3.25,26,28
Has God Himself ever told you to sit still and be silent?
He did me.
Several years ago one of my adult children was making bad choices – choices that would adversely affect the whole dynamic of our family. That adult child kept a$king me for help but, alas the Lord said these words to me…
Sit still my daughter until … Ruth 3.18
Ten months of silence ensued. My adult child accused me of a lot of not-nice things. I told that child I was being obedient to what the Lord had instructed me.
I did not return texts.
I remained in silence.
Was it hard? One of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
But when HE SAID, “Now,” it was sweet. My until had come.
Have you ever been asked to sit in the silence?
jenni ingram says
ooh, that sounds terribly challenging! i imagine all sorts of fruit coming from that kind of obedience.
Jenni, it was but so worthwhile.
Oh, yes, I have heard that same word, to be quiet and wait. It took everything within me not to bang those doors down! But Jesus opened them at the time of HIS choosing. And, you are so right, the sweetness of HIS reunion was far better!! xoxo
Amen, sister, amen.
Debbie Putman says
Susan, I find being the parent of adult children much more challenging than that of a young one. Knowing when to speak and when to be silent is a challenge.
Give me diapers and drools any old day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours says
Mary Hill says
Yes, but I make the mistake of not listening sometimes. I wish I had the fortitude you did. I trip over my tongue and make things worse. I guess the next time I need to listen!
There is great wisdom in silence, Mar’….but you know that!
That sounds so tough, but I’m glad you listened to God! Sometimes silence is the hardest thing!
One of the most difficult things I’ve ever been called to do! But worthwhile. xo
Remaining silent in those situations hasn’t been my forte. Though I think I didn’t say all I wanted to. I’ve been around your place, friend…just silent 🙂
I should have sensed your presence. (((xo)))
Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours says
Oh, how hard it is to be obedient in situations like the one you describe here—but God knows what he’s doing…
I’m in a season of having to be still, and I’m learning new lessons about trusting. Sitting in the silence is sometimes hard to do, but oh, so worth it!
Susan, it definitely is NOT for the faint of heart. Prayers my friend.
That’s a long time Susan. I have learned not to shoot back responses without prayerful consideration but silence is another thing.
Well, I know you would be obedient IF called to it.
Michele Morin says
Wow, ten months.
I love the way you don’t mess around when you hear the voice of God.
My light-weight practice of silence is in the car. No podcasts, no radio. When I’m alone in the car, I try to be listening.
MM, trust me…I’ve ignored that voice also – but I came to my senses at 34!!!!
Martha Grimm Brady says
i can’t even imagine susan! you would have to know GOD told you to keep silent or it would be impossible to do it. as you can tell, i haven’t been asked to do this…yet!
Martha, right? Oh I KNEW!!!
Anita Ojeda says
Oh, wow! That must have been excruciating! I had a difficult time when SArah was going through her troubles just cutting off her phone service for a week.
Anita, I know you’ve walked some hard roads with your girlie…xo
Andrew Budek-Schmeisser says
Oh, yes, I’ve often been told to sit my kiester down and keep my yap shut. Yes, God DOES talk like that.
He’s giving me the time to rethink what I was going to say, so that what would eventually come out would be kind, and I am so grateful.
OH YES, GOD GETS IN MY FACE LIKE THAT, Andrew. ALL.THE.TIME. How’s B?
Julie Dibble says
How God loves our obedience. Susan, this story will stay with me. Our boys are only 13 and 11, and I pray, but I know they each have their own walk of faith and it could get more messy than I ever imagine. I am glad you told us the outcome and that you were able to reconnect with your daughter. Bless you
Julie…oh yes you have a long road ahead of you!!! THis “silence” ??? Actually involved an adult son!!!
Joanne Viola says
Keeping silent does not come easily but when God instructs us, it is always for our best. Such a good reminder from Lamentations > “So it is good to sit quietly for salvation from the Lord.”
That Lamentations scripture is POWERFUL.
Be still and know that I am God!
Sorry I was so out of communique this weekend. Hope you are feeling better.
My child is just 2 years old so it’s hard for me to imagine how hard that must’ve been. Lord give me the obedience to do as You ask, not as I will. Thanks for this Susan!! FMF #21
Alicia, the situations become bigger along with children’s growth!