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The Awk Talk

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens?a time to be silent and a time to speak.  Ecclesiastes 3:1,7b NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay. I was not expecting to get a mustache during my freshman year of college.

I had accepted that I would probably gain a certain number of bags under my eyes and perhaps even the infamous “freshman fifteen” pounds when I came to Taylor University, but at the freshmen initiation known as the “Awk Walk,” I got another unwanted addition to the collection.

We stood shivering in single file next to a line of guys from our brother floor. “Put your finger under the nose of the person next to you to resemble a mustache!” our enthusiastic hall director shrieked. Talking with a finger underneath my nose was difficult.

Thus began perhaps the most awkward endeavor of my college career. Well, that is, the most awkward except for the first time I sat down in silence and tried to listen to God.

This is why Solomon emphasizes that while there is a time to speak, there is also a time to be silent. While it is necessary for us to speak to God daily, that is only half of the conversation. There is also a time to listen.

Silence can be a scary thing. We are bombarded with noise pollution from music blasting through headphones on morning runs (unless you never run like me) to billboards that practically scream at you, You are not content until you have this product! So when we encounter silence, it can often be the loudest sound we’ve heard all day. We’ll want to find a haven of noise almost immediately.

But setting aside time every day to be still and know God is God, helps us learn so much about Him and His wonderful plan for our lives. At first it may feel like an “Awk Talk” (you feel so awkward that you want to talk), but soon you will be amazed over what you will hear God say in the silence.

Don’t let the awkwardness of silence keep you from a daily talk with God. 

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Hope Bolinger

Hope Bolinger is a professional writing student at Taylor University. 


  1. Just dropped off our son Garrett at Taylor and he was speaking of this awkward talk so I looked it up and found this blog.Small world.

  2. Thank you, Hope, for sharing. Your devotion is very encouraging. I don''t spend enough time in silence with God. Something I need reconsider. Sheryl

  3. Good word for today that is exactly what I needed!