While our new normal has made solitude and silence nearly impossible for some and dreaded for others, its purpose is that in the stillness, we learn to trust in God. He will take care of the details. He will speak up for us and defend us in our conflicts. We do not have to have the last word. Dietrich Bonhoeffer famously said, "Let him who cannot be alone beware of community, and, let him who is not in community beware of being alone."
Richard Foster wrote, “Without silence, there is no solitude…. Simply to refrain from talking, without a heart listening to God, is not silence.” He also says, “If we are silent, who will take control? God will take control, but we will never let him take control until we trust him.”
Regardless of how our new normal will look, there will always be a need to put down the screens and listen to God, fully expecting Him to be present even when we don't feel it.
Recommended Resource for Silence and Solitude
Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster