The Silence After the Split

He breaks rocks to let us hear the silence after they split.” Paul Pastor 

I still had the above quote on my mind when I read through Psalm 107 this morning, story after story of redeeming love can be found in this particular Psalm.  Humanity…wandering, lost, rebellious…broken…then they cried out to the Lord… and the Hand of mercy and justice and deliverance rescues again.

What struck me as I read the Psalm this time around was how, in a couple of the stories, the Lord allowed and even caused the situation to get worse before it got better.  We actually see this in Scripture all the time. Lazarus’ death and the death of Jesus are the first two big examples that come to mind immediately…things got much worse before things got better.

“He broke their spirits with hard labor;
they stumbled, and there was no one to help.” 107:12

“He spoke and raised a tempest
that stirred up the waves of the sea.”  107:25

But in all instances, the purpose of the suffering is to bring them (and us) to a place of knowing who to run to, who to thank, and who to depend on.

The strength, the joy, the peace, the hope…comes in the knowing. 

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He saved them from their distress.
He brought them out of darkness and gloom
and broke their chains apart. 
Let them give thanks to the Lord

for His faithful love
and His wonderful works for all humanity.”(vs 13-15)

“they reeled and staggered like drunken men,
and all their skill was useless.
 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and He brought them out of their distress.
He stilled the storm to a murmur,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
 They rejoiced when the waves grew quiet.
Then He guided them to the harbor they longed for.
 Let them give thanks to the Lord
for His faithful love
and His wonderful works for all humanity.” (vs 27-31)

Maybe because I’ve been spending the week vacationing at the beach but this verse is the one that resonates with me this morning.  

“He stilled the storm to a murmur,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
They rejoiced when the waves grew quiet.
Then He guided them to the harbor they longed for”

They rejoiced when the waves grew quiet. 

The turbulent sea, allowed and caused by the same One who they eventually ran to, surrendered to and thanked.

“He breaks rocks to let us hear the silence after they split.”

He breaks…us

to let us hear that sweet silence too.  

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