The Sound of Silence

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 | 2 comments

The Sound of Silence

Lessons I learned when silence forced me to listen to God.

2MefromHim Devotional


“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

I tried to speak and no sound came out–not even whisper. I couldn’t even call my husband. The doctors and they found nothing. A laryngoscopy showed nothing. The doctor told me to force myself to talk normally and get over it! How’s that for encouraging and professional advice? I was losing hope.

The months dragged on. My notepad accompanied me wherever I went—including to the bank. My kids were away in college, so I learned to text message. E-mail was the preferred method of communication. Four and a half months I remained trapped in a silent world with no hope.

I had a busy life to keep up with. Every woman in my Bible study had a chance to try leading. I sat silently with my notepad and wrote notes if necessary. I was not indispensable. Several women discovered they had the ability to lead, and we learned a new way to be a vessel used by God, emptied of ourselves.

My inner spiritual life soared. God frequently gives us object lessons to drive home the point He is trying to teach us. Eventually God led me to a speech pathologist at our local university hospital. Her laryngoscopy enabled her to see what no one else had—a condition which could be successfully treated with therapy. She thought twelve weeks—I spoke the first time. God will not let us suffer one moment longer than is necessary for teaching us the lesson He wants us to learn.

When life seems hopeless. When ordinary things are frightening. There is hope. Everything God allows into our lives is to be used for our benefit and His glory.

Learning to take my focus off the obvious and look for God to reveal His way through the trial can have empowering results. Whatever that roadblock is, God has plans to work in and through it. When I get myself out of the way and give my problem to Him, I will begin to see Him work. His grace is sufficient.


© Copyright 2013 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman

About the author:

Norma - LoMD 2014Norma Gail’s contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, released in 2014. She is a Bible study leader, and writes devotionals for, StitchesthruTime blog, and “The Secret Place.” She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and the New Mexico Christian Novelists. She is married and has two adult children.

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  1. Oh, my goodness, Norma….I had no idea. My heart goes out to you, as well as my prayers and respect for your trust in God. May He bless your life with joy.

    • It was a strange event. We have since learned the cause and I have things I can do to prevent it, but it did provide some valuable lessons. Thanks for taking time to comment!

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