Five Minute Friday: silence

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6 am. The baby sleeps. So there’s just the sound of the noise machine through the monitor, the ticking clock, a squeak of a bird somewhere outside.

I used to live in these long spaces of quiet — before marriage, before babies — just me and my thoughts, and I thought lots of thoughts and had time to write them down. The noise level has gone up considerably; the writing output significantly decreased. Yet I’m convinced that this season is a good season; I would not go back.

And there are different kinds of silence. There’s the silence of there not being any physical noise, and there’s a different silence of a heart at rest, even in the midst of noises.

The silence of an orange peeled on the front steps on a 50 degree morning while an eager toddler makes anticipatory sounds at my side. The silence of leaves raked into piles and the toddler’s laughter riding a tarp full of leaves into the back yard. The silence of loving the little boy whose voice comes through the monitor as soon as I type that he’s asleep.

It means silencing the complaining voices, the tired voices, the wistful-for-long-quiet-hours voices that so easily grow in my mind, and leaving the voice that says, “Thank You.”

And sometimes that thankfulness is a whisper through tears, and sometimes it’s a rollicking song and dance of joy. But both go up to the Father of lights, from whom every good and perfect gift comes down, and by these small things I remember this large thing: He is good.

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Linking up with the Five Minute Friday crew today, on today’s prompt, silence. The button above will take you to the link-up.

©2017 by Stacy Crouch

 

5 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: silence

  1. The “silence of the heart at rest” even when surrounded by noise is what I’m experiencing in this season. It’s a welcome truth in a time of much uncertainty.

    I had to chuckle at the waking of the baby just when you thought it was “safe” to write. Isn’t that always the way it is? 🙂 Enjoy those little ones today! (Your neighbor at FMF)

  2. Thank you for your beautiful words here. They brought me back to my joyful memories of silence with my own baby daughter when I nursed her in the dark nights and counted her toes.

  3. janyret says:

    First, your opening pic is GORGEOUS! And second, “by these small things I remember this large thing: He is good” is what it’s all about. “Praise be to the Bod and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with EVERY spiritual blessing.” Eph 1:3.
    Coming to you from FMF #27

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