For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken.....
Steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
For you repay to all
according to their work.
(Church in Wales Lectionary, New Revised Standard Version)
Even in a pandemic when many activities have stopped or slowed down, we can find it difficult to find time for God, and when we do stop and seek Him our brains (or our mouths) are full of speech. We batter God with requests and petitions; we tell Him what we want; and we point out what would be best for us!
The Society of Friends (often known as the Quakers) have developed worship that is largely silence. Now I'm not suggesting we do this - certainly, we would miss the Liturgy of our worship, with its wonderful prayers and hymns - but perhaps we could try to find space in our busy lives just to be silent with God, and when the everyday life tries to intrude, just gently put those thoughts on one side, and go back to silence.
As the Psalmist says 'For God alone my soul waits in silence'. Who knows what God will have to say if we wait in silence for Him to speak.
You have made us to be Your own,
yet all too often we forget You,
and when we do remember
we are so full of requests
that we are unable to listen to You.
Help us just to be silent sometimes,
and like Elijah wait for the still, small, voice
that is You.