I sit here and stare at the screen at times knowing what is in my head and wondering how to put it into words. As this happens, I look to God and say “I am your vessel; fill me and use me.” Then, the words come, there is the warmth within as I put my thoughts into words. I know that it is the Holy Spirit working within me.
Have there been moments where you had thoughts but did not know how to express it in words? Maybe it was sitting in the ICU unit with a family member or friend. Or, maybe it was standing with someone at the funeral home who just lost their loved one. Could it have been when someone you are close to received some sort of bad news? Were you afraid of the silence that stood there with you and that friend or loved one? You searched for words but none ever came.
My friend, don’t be afraid of those silent moments. There is nothing wrong with not saying anything in those times. Don’t worry if the words aren’t there. Did you know that your presence of being there with that person facing the difficulty is more important than any words could ever be said or written. Did you know that it is those moments that God does his best work. In those moments, he provides the Holy Spirit to fill in where words can’t be expressed or said. You may feel inadequate but know you are God’s vessel of comfort and peace to that hurting friend or loved one. In the days after that ‘awkward’ moment, the person you stood silent with will remember your presence more than any words that were expressed during that difficult time.
Next time you are with a friend or loved one in that situation where words won’t come, present yourself to God and tell him that you are his vessel. He will fill you and provide what you need at that frozen moment of time. Realize that God speaks the loudest in the silence.
‘WORD OF GOD SPEAK’
- The Spirit of Holiness (anointedplace.wordpress.com)
- Turn Left, Turn Right, No Stop! – Acts 16:6-10 (dianneguthmuller.com)