Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answers.

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11 He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. (1 Kings 19:11-13b, New Revised Standard Version)

Over the past few weeks I have been giving some thought to poetry and what its various forms look like. I admittedly do not know a great deal about poetry. There are many places in life where we have given little consideration in the past, perhaps we have done se out of our lack of knowledge. Hopefully we learn over time that there is more within us than we have known in before.

Because I have written some song lyrics over the past couple of years, it clicked to me that I have been writing poetry set to music during that time.

Still, I thought I would experiment some with various forms of poetry here on the blog.

I have already learned something. There are MANY more forms and styles of poetry than I ever knew existed. I knew there were a few. Now I know of about fifteen.

Today’s poem comes from a form that was new to me. I knew about acrostics. I have known about them for many years. I never considered them as a form of poetry.

When I think of silence the first Scripture that comes to me is Elijah’s encounter with God at the entrance to the cave. The phrase at the end of verse 12 grabs me when I read it.

“…a sound of sheer silence.”

How often do we seek God, but fail to look in the silence. As I was thinking about this acrostic poem I also encountered the great quote above, “Silence is not empty, it’s full of answers.” When we seek divine guidance for the issues that fill our lives, it is vital that we take a moment or two and look in the silence.


Silence absence noise
Ignites the spirit within
Longs for its inner voice
Eliminates distractions
Noise around us gone
Closely we listen
Exciting the heart, the still, small, voice.

Be blessed.

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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