Silence Calls, but Do We Listen?

Sometimes I long for silence; sometimes I wish for more noise and activity. I guess it’s good to have a balance of quietness and sound.


What is Silence?


Does it mean there is absolutely no sound? Is it even possible to have complete silence?


I sit here quietly in my living room, but it is not silent. I hear the faint sound of my computer. On the wall the clock is ticking quite loudly. Outside I can tell the wind is blowing, because the chimes are singing. I hear movement from the people upstairs.


From my front porch


When I sit out on my porch there is a different kind of silence. There is a peacefulness when I look out and see the woods. The trees don’t speak with a voice, but they are not silent. 


All creation speaks of the wonders of God without saying a word.


A path at the Botanical Gardens


Yesterday I walked around the SC Botanical Gardens with one of my daughters and her two children. They were excited, because they wanted to show me all their favorite places. Yet, they were even silent part of the time. They love to be out in nature.


They called this the entrance to Fairyland.


When we began our walk I felt relaxed as I gazed at the sky, the changing leaves and the beauty of the flowers.



Getting outdoors away from the routine of everyday chores and noise brings a respite to my soul. While it is not completely silent, the beauty is awe-inspiring.



May we all find some silence today and listen closely.


So much beauty at the Botanical Gardens in Clemson, SC.


In the silence, wait

Trees will speak without a voice

Volumes of beauty

~gayl wright~


I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday

28 thoughts on “Silence Calls, but Do We Listen?

  1. Lovely post! When I am out enjoying God’s Creation, I find it easier to calm my anxious thoughts and quiet myself long enough to hear His voice. I loved your photos too!

    1. Thank you, Donna! Yes, there is something about being out in nature that is calming. Knowing that God created and sustains it all brings comfort, too. Thanks for visiting today!

      Blessings to you!

  2. Loved your haiku friend. And so much THIS: “All creation speaks of the wonders of God without saying a word.”

  3. Dear Gayl,
    I think this Haiku is one of my favorites! But then, the woods have always been my favorites too. 🙂 I love that thought, of the trees speaking without a voice. There really is a call to an inner silence as we walk among them, isn’t there? Thank you so much for the beauty that you’ve shared with us here today! Love and Hugs to you! xoxo

    1. Dear Bettie,
      I’m so glad this haiku speaks to you. 🙂 Yes, a definite call to inner silence. It encourages me to know that you and others are inspired by the beauty of the photos and words. Thanks so much! Blessings, love and hugs to you, my dear sister! xoxo

  4. I needed this peaceful post this morning. Thank you for the beautiful pictures! My favorite was the “entrance to Fairyland.” Sweet children!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Leslie! I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. Yes, they are sweet children and were so excited. They told us the portal to Fairyland was small, so the only way their mom and I could fit was to grab their hands and let them pull us through. 🙂 They are great at pretending and we had a lot of fun. 🙂

      Blessings to you!

  5. Your photos speak to me of the beauty of God’s creation. I felt like I was with you on your walk. The image of trees speaking without a voice is wonderful. That caught my attention.

    1. Creation is truly beautiful, isn’t it, Mary? 🙂 So glad to have you along today. Yes, the thought just came to me that trees indeed speak though they have no voice. Glad it caught your eye.

      Blessings to you!

  6. Gayl, I sensed being with you in those lovely settings. I forget what silence is far too often! Nature tends to remind me quickly. The photos of the flowers, the Camilla especially, draw me to the still and silent. Thanks.

    1. Linda, it would be lovely to walk with you and enjoy the lovely sights of nature – God’s beautiful creation. I love what nature evokes in me. It really does remind me to be still and know that God is there.

      Blessings to you!

  7. Gayl, what a beautiful post. It is amazing to hear what we can hear when we silence our devices, our music, our minds. I love your thoughts here. And your pictures? Stunning!

    I’m visiting from Jennifer Dukes Lee’s place. 🙂

    1. Yes, I wholeheartedly agree! It helps to get away from the daily chores, etc., and just spend some time outdoors. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting, Elizabeth. Blessings to you!

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