Silence is a topic that has been discussed before; it is not a foreign subject that we have not heard. We have often been taught to be silent before God, to rest our minds from worries and to allow God come in by quieting ourselves down. However, that seems like silence has become a medium in which God speaks to us through, that God only speaks to us when we are silent.
What if God is silence? In silence, we commune with Him, thus we hear ourselves and we hear Him speak. To be silent we will need discipline, upon entering we will need to listen, and in it there is a communion. Maybe silence is the message, not the messenger.
Silence is fearful because it is like stripping naked. It is awkward to be silent before another person because we are entering a holy ground. So we are good in making pointless chatters and creating noises through TV, radio and mp3, even when we are not really listening to them. The old couple who are holding hands and looking into each others' eyes in silence can do it because there is communion of souls; they have overcome the storms of life together, and there is no need for surface chatters.
It is, however, not only about external noises. When we quiet ourselves, we realize that there are many more noises within ourselves: painful memories, hurtful experiences, broken relationships, etc. We sometimes avoid silence to avoid the past hurt. It takes courage to enter silence to see ourselves for who we are and not who we want to be. Being silent is accepting all of ourselves for the brokenness and the things that we hate in ourselves, while quieting down the fearful rebel who is living within. As we wrestle with all these, peace will grow.
Let us be touched by silence; let us experience God.