Here is an archeological and historical fact: there were 400 years of silence between Old and New Testament writings. Some scholars refer to 400 years of SILENCE as an INTERVAL.
Whether or not one embraces the Judeo-Christian faith tradition is immaterial to the TRANSITIONAL FACT between the first set of revelation (Old Testament) and the new revelation (New Testament).
As one studies the LegacyLifeCycle, perhaps one way to view this observation would be to suggest that during the Spring and Summer seasons much of our “life” modus operandi has been a trajectory influenced by others, our roles, responsibilities and unfolding sets of circumstances. As we fast track toward the end of Summer we begin to discover…or suddenly realize that the next season (Autumn) is going to be radically different than the two earlier seasons. It is at this TRANSITION point, perhaps an INTERVAL or SILENT SEASON that we begin to ask ourselves and others questions…with have no clear answers…perhaps for a seemingly extended season.
The new revelation comes only after an extended season of soul searching, self examination and pursuing the longing in our hearts of discovering who we really are.
As it relates to personal application, there is significant inquiry and learning related to this observation:
- What lessons can be learned and applied through the SILENT SEASON?
- How do we work through an extended season of SILENCE when there doesn’t appear to be clear answers? The more we search, the more we learn, the more questions that we uncover.
- What processes and resources need I require to better understand the SILENT journey?
- With whom do I trust and can share the deepest, SILENT and perhaps unspoken concerns of my heart?
The LegacyLifeCycle is a framework which allows us to think more holistically about where we’re at and where we’re going…even amidst the SILENT SEASON when many of the “tried and true” systems we have relied upon in the past just aren’t working successfully anymore.