Reflections on Grand Silence.
The second feeling was a feeling of humility. In those first moments of silence I became aware that though there were many things I might want to say—even worthwhile things—those things were insignificant in the presence of God. There was nothing I could say that was worthy of God. I experienced my own smallness, the smallness of my thoughts, and the smallness of the words that I was forbidden to speak in the presence of God. It reminded me of what I so often forget: that profound silence is often the only appropriate response to the vastness of God. We are so used to noise. We are so used to trying to assign words to every thought we have. And the world of social media has tricked us into believing that every thought we have is worth sharing out loud. But those words and thoughts—in the presence of God—are petty and small. This is why we need silence.