An experience I will never forget is when I observed seven days of silence. I was unemployed at the time and living on my own, so it was possible for me to separate myself enough that communication was completely cut off. I started each day at a beach near my home in Malibu. As I drove down the Pacific Coast Highway in the early morning hours, I began listening for directions from the Lord as to where I was to meet him that day. Each day there was a different location, a little more private and secluded from the previous.
It says in Proverbs 20:5, “counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.” The word translated draw, dalah is properly translated as to dangle, as in letting down a bucket to draw water out of a well (1802). The reference to deep water is then understood to be water at the bottom of a deep well. Therefore, it takes considerable effort to access it. The word translated deep is also translated as deep things and is derived from a word that can be translated as profound.
On the final day of my silence, which was Easter, I met with the Lord on top of a hill that reminded me of Calvary. As I looked down at the beach and out over the vast ocean in front of me, I realized that my perspective of things had changed dramatically. Silence had helped me to see that my perception of reality was distorted. My view of life was based on limits, the edge or end of things. In actuality, life is based on possibility, the beginning or growth of things. God wants us to erase the boundaries of what we think is possible.