But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
Habakkuk 2:20 KJV
Since I come from the “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands” generation it has taken me decades to learn the value of quiet. Only now am I beginning to see that silence is also worship.
In the busy symphony of life God places some whole rests in between our Allegro movements. We must learn to play not only the grace notes but also the pauses placed in our score. God being both kind and gentle hears our voices even when no words are uttered.
Yes one day we will return to the happier pace of marches or the soaring crescendo of horns and timpani. But even in a moment of silence God is still keeping time. Our hope is not in the loudness of the part assigned us but in the kind and loving conductor who leads us in Christ to hear heaven’s music even in the rest!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish
but have eternal life. John 3:16
When Jesus was nailed to the cross and was pouring out His life blood for us all, who came to be with him? We know just a little about the disciples that day. One had betrayed Him. One had denied Him. At least one doubted Him, and they all ran away at His arrest. At the cross when Jesus looked out, He saw only His mother Mary, a few of the other women and only of the twelve, only John. Jesus breathed His last breathe and gave His spirit into the Father’s hands, not for the crowd, not for the many, but willingly even if just for John. Later they would all be gathered in the room when He came and they believed. Later a hundred and twenty were praying on Pentecost and three thousand more were saved that day. Later thousands began to follow Him in Jerusalem, them vast throngs as Philip preached in Samaria. When Paul went on his missionary journeys, tens of thousands came to believe and then millions. But on that day, the day of the cross, He would have done it all for only one.
If today we have received the eternal life then God is looking to what we will do with that free gift. Whatever your call, whatever your ministry, whatever your service for God. Can He look you in the eyes today and ask you: Would you do it just for one?