Is there a Godly silence in Lavender? What does God mean by it? Test it. Silence is special and stunning. Two Bible passages just jumped out at me:
I am silent and cannot open my mouth
because of what you have done. Psalm 39:9
David does not want to speak sinfully, so he decides not to speak at all. This just suppresses his emotions and leaves him tormented. It is not a good silence. He turns to God and sees that he is forgiven. Suddenly everything else is all right. He is silent now because he cannot find the words to express his awe at God cleansing him from his sin.
When the Lamb broke the seventh seal on the scroll,
there was silence throughout heaven for about half an hour. Revelation 8:1
Think about it – the entirety of Heaven stunned into silence by Jesus’ power; his love for humanity, for us!
We can choose our own willpower to keep quiet: don’t move so that we won’t make a wrong move. But that’s the wrong way round. The reality is that God has forgiven us our wrong moves … and knowing THAT is what stuns us into silence.
We can use this silence, for it is a spiritual discipline. Get away from the noise of the world and spend time in silence with God. Pay attention to what is stirring in your soul. Like David, do not try to suppress those feelings, but use the silence and solitude to worship God.
Through lockdown we have gained a silence and solitude – maybe wholly, maybe within our family unit. In physical terms, we are emerging back into community (but consider always those for whom that is ‘not yet’). As we transition from that silence, hold on to God. The church has been open for prayer for a couple of weeks now. We don’t need the church in order to pray, but it sometimes helps. Indeed, we even have lavender flowers at the church gate, inviting us into that godly silence.
And coming back to lifePink Floyd: “Coming Back to Life”
I took a heavenly ride
Through our silence
I knew the waiting had begun.
Lavender is silence, but God was telling me that it is a glorious silence filled with His presence.
[from Timonty Pitt]