Silence Speaks

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This isolation invites us to listen to the yearning in our souls.


Listen to my song “Turn Off the Noise” on YouTube by clicking HERE.


John 21:4-6

When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish.


When I read this scripture before writing today’s reflection, it hit me like never before.

I suddenly realized that something similar had happened to me.

It had nothing to do with fishing!

Think about the scenario here where these seasoned fishermen have caught nothing and then this stranger on the shore tells them to try something so seemingly nonsensical as casting the net on the other side of the boat.

They must have said to themselves or even out loud, “You’ve got to be kidding!”

But they did it – and the result was astounding.

On the first Friday of March in 1997 after I had spent an exhausting week covering the massive flood of the Ohio River as a radio news reporter, I sank into my couch at home at the end of my rope.

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Despite my seeming success in my career, I was miserable.

I desperately needed a change.

And it was in the silence of my surrender to God on that afternoon that I heard in my heart a whisper that said, “Get your guitar.”

The message was so preposterous that I thought, “You’ve got to be kidding!”

I hadn’t touched my guitar in ten years.

It made absolutely no sense.

Well, it’s a long story but I did get my guitar that afternoon and slowly, very slowly, started to write songs.

My songwriting led me on a journey that led me out of radio and into ministry including producing four original music albums.

There have been so many blessings since that day when I heard a voice tell me to do something that made no sense…but has made all the difference in my life.

What is God calling you to do?

You’ll never know if you don’t listen.


Listen to the song of the day “Turn Off the Noise” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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