When is Silence More than Silence? We live in an age of constant distraction and interruption. There used to be concern about how much TV a person was viewing, and now the “TV” is constantly before our eyes in the form of a smart phone or lap top that is almost always turned on and always commanding our attention. In this age, it may seem foreign what we read in Mark 1:35, “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He (Jesus) departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”
If we read further in Mark, we discover that it wasn't easy for Jesus to experience those moments of prayer and meditation. Large groups of people were following Jesus, ministry was in high gear, and His life was in high demand. But yet, Jesus made it a priority to get away from the noise and carve out those quieter moments for prayer and meditation. Jesus was so committed to prayer during His time on earth that His closest disciples would notice His commitment and ask Him to teach them how to pray (see Luke 11:1).
Don’t you wonder why Jesus would make silence a priority? Why would He, the Son of God, be so committed to carving out those moments to get away from the noise and get quieter? Perhaps the reason is because silence is more than just silence. Silence becomes the opportunity to open the pages of Scripture and allow God to speak more clearly into your life. Silence becomes the open space in which your eyes and ears and your mind are more open to hear the voice of God. This kind of silence is more than just silence. It is relationship between you and the Father! -Jason