“He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living words to pass on to us” (Acts 7:38).

It saddens us to be so alone, to be unable to share with anyone what moves us. It also saddens us to see other people coming and going, all in their own way, all in so much error and dullness when we have something to tell them that would help them. Above all, it saddens us that we are so cut off from each other, that there are always such different worlds—you in your house and me in my house, you with your thoughts and me with mine. This is simply not the way life is meant to be.

But with one single change we could have infinitely more joy and good fortune and righteousness among us, if we could open our hearts and talk with each other. Yes, we certainly talk with each other. We find words all right, but never the right words; never the words that would really do justice to what actually moves us, what actually lives in us; never the words that would lead us out of loneliness into community. Our talk is always such an imperfect, wooden dead talk.

Zechariah was mute because he did not believe the angel. We are all just like Zechariah. Every one of us has a hidden side of our being that is, as it were, in touch with God. We are secretly in a close connection with the eternal truth and love, even if we ourselves are not aware of it. And from this other hidden side of our being resounds a voice speaking to us constantly. Oh, if we could actually hear this voice that resounds so clearly within us as actually God’s voice then we could also speak. Have you actualized God’s presence today? Spend time with Him; listen for His voice.

Adapted from Watch for the Light by Karl Barth