This question was posed to us in our bible study group last week.
God gave me silence. Not my own, but His. I know that some people think that He's always near and always talking to us but that we do things to push him away or not listen. I believe that's often the case but not always.
Recently, I've heard God again. He didn't come back quietly or slowly, He just returned to His conversation with me as if no time had passed since the last time He spoke to me. I don't know why that's the case, nor am I clear as to why He was silent. I thought I knew before, but that understanding doesn't jive with how and when He came back.
Either way, I'm happy to hear Him again and to feel His presence.