Being Quiet is Challenging!
I was driving in the car with two small peeps. One of the small peeps said, “I like the quiet in here.” “Me too,” I said.
Apparently when this little man gets in his dad’s car oft times it is filled with loud music and commotion, so he was enjoying the peace that came with the quiet as well.
Caught my attention, how easily noise fills our American lifestyle and culture. Everywhere we go elevator music is playing, closed circuit T.V. screens stream commercials and infomercials 24/7 while standing in most grocery store lines. T.V.’s play continuously in most households (I enter into anyway). Radio’s, IPod’s, MP3 players, and even old fashioned boom boxes.
When did we lose the art of silence?
When did that noise take over?
Quiet provides us an opportunity to listen to Holy Spirit and seek a calm that can be retrieved when we purpose to do that. Listen, that is.
Let the words of the “Word” come back into memory and do that promised work, you know the good work He started and promised to complete.
I am challenged by how much more I need the quiet than I even realized.
How refreshed I am in the presence of peace, again His peace, that really does surpass understanding, unless you have experienced it, it is hard to explain.
Lord bring back the art of quiet; heal us from the need to constantly fill the so called background with noise. Let us become familiar with Holy Spirit and communion with peace.
My husband woke up the other morning thinking he had gone deaf.
Well let me back up a few days.
Rod and I went shopping for some items at the store. Nothing really out of the ordinary shampoo, toothpaste, dental floss, you know the daily consumables. As we were pursuing the store we passed an en cap with some impulse items for sale. One of the pegs contained ear plugs in a new formed blister pack and ever so appealing package. He bought some. Here is my self admission. I snore. Doesn’t usually bother me, but alas it does bother him. So he kindly showed them to me and announced that he thought these might help him get a better night’s sleep. True love, don’t ya’ just love it. We came home from the store and put the items away. And the ear plugs sat.
About a week and a half went by and he decided to try them out one evening. He comes to bed late, always has. I am the early one, he is the late one. Puts in the ear plugs and has a wonderful and quiet night’s sleep. He woke up the next morning having forgotten about them and thought surely he was deaf.
Now if you know Rod and his imagination this is a funny scene. He thinks to himself, “What I survived prostate cancer and now I am deaf! What next!?”
Then he realized that the ear plugs were still in.
I don’t really have a spiritual connection to share here like I usually would just words of encouragement in what may seem like the mundane themes of life. We sleep, eat, work, play, busy ourselves and start another day. Remember to listen for and look for the things of God even in the mundane. Don’t live without purpose or you could wake up deaf.
Consider not being able to hear music or song or laughter or family and friends talking ever again. Thank God that these are part of how he created us.
Psalms 139:13-14 (NIV)
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.