Beyond Words by JW Kaiser

We’ve probably all had waves or surf sessions that left us speechless. Have you seen a beach setting or sunset or maybe someone getting spit out of a barrel that just is too amazing to try to describe? Sometimes things are beyond what words can adequately convey. If surfing, which we love, can leave us with the inability to use words to describe what it means to us, how then can words do justice to an even greater love?

One of my favorite things to do is to kneel down beside my kids’ beds at night and pray for them while they sleep. I just kneel there in silence, in wonder. I do this even now that they are teenagers, but don’t tell them that because they might wake up and yell, “Dad, get out of my room!” But, as I watch them sleep, I’m in awe of how much I love them. I just sit in silence blown away, without adequate words to describe my love for them.

We all have thoughts of doubt and wonder if God is with us and understands what we are going through. We want a sign. Maybe a star, a burning bush, a parting ocean, or perhaps a pillar of fire to help us feel more comforted by God’s presence. However, more times than not, we are met with silence. I propose that maybe God, who spoke the world into existence, has no words as he spends time with us. Maybe he is with us but is speechless because of his great love for us. If this is true, I wonder how it works on the other side of the relationship. Why are we so wordy with trying to make sense of God and our relationship with the beautiful mystery that is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

This is a call to silence. This is a call to appreciate that we don’t hear from God as often as we’d like because he is quietly with us with a love that is beyond words. This is a call to sit at the throne of Almighty God and ponder His beauty in silence. Don’t just ponder the good things of God that are full of beauty beyond description (perfect waves, sunsets, beloved children). Let’s worship without words the very presence of God in our lives, now and forever more.

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?” Psalm 139:7