Do you remember that ‘Strictly’ dance of Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice? Heightening awareness of the deaf community the music stopped as they continued to dance, it was spell-binding.
We underestimate the power of silence.
So we stand amazed at the opening of the seventh seal and what happens next.
“When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” (Revelation 8 v 1)
This is more than an absence of noise. It is not 30 minutes of not knowing what to do or say.
Ceaseless praise is paused. Eternal worship is silenced.
This is awe. This is anticipation. We want to know why and we will make some assumptions but for now it is quiet. Can you imagine this? Sometimes is happens in church services. It wasn’t in the schedule but it just happened, maybe for only a few minutes, but we sense its power.
Noise isn’t everything but presence is.