Have you ever felt like you crave quiet? I find myself having the TV on or the radio on or a CD playing at any given time. When I’m at work there is background music, and when in the car there is music. I do love music, but there are times when I’m trying to think and I just…turn it off! I can’t hear my own thoughts when there is the distraction of commercials or songs playing. What’s my head trying to say? In order to write this article, I realized I needed to turn off the radio to get rid of the “white noise,” or background sounds that clutter the mind but entertain the soul. My soul right now doesn’t need entertainment, tho; it needs focus.
Some kids like to do their homework in front of the TV. They say it relaxes them. But it can really slow a person down and ruin their focus and concentration. Sometimes when everything is turned off, it feels like a relief, even though I was enjoying what I was listening to.
It reminds me of what God said about that “still small voice.” We can get so busy doing wonderful things, being productive and accomplishing much, but it can all become “white noise” when we can’t hear the whisper of the Holy Spirit, or His gentle nudge. Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Elijah found the presence of God in an unusual way in 1 Kings 19:11-12:
“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” That’s where the Lord was: in that still small voice.
God often comes to us in that still small voice, and if we have too much white noise, we won’t hear Him. May I challenge you today to have some quiet time in prayer with no distractions, spend time in His Word with a quiet heart, mind, and room so that you can be led by God, make any changes in your life that need changing, and hear clearly the words of your Commander in Chief. That challenge I will take as well. I want to know Him more and know His presence in my life, and not be so busy that I fail to have that communion that I so desperately need. Do you desire that too?