I like “noise.”
I can spend the first few hours of the day in silence, but by mid-morning my music goes on, and later it’s the television. It took a long time, but I finally realized that I work better when background noise forces me to concentrate. Thank-you ADD.
I do wonder if constant noise isn’t a problem as well. It’s so rare for us to have to sit quietly with nothing but out thoughts. I wonder how well I’m listening.
Because God sometimes gets our attention in big ways, but often He speaks in a gentle whisper.
“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. 1 Kings 19:11–13
There’s something interesting about whispers . . .
They require focus and concentration too.
One of my favorite teachers as a child rarely raised her voice. When she had something important to say she spoke . . . very . . . very . . . quietly.
And we listened. Because we knew if she was quiet it was important.
The Spirit has important things to tell us, are we listening? Are we embracing the gift of quiet long enough to hear His whisper?
Quotes that Invite Quiet
“Try to keep your soul always in peace and quiet, always ready for whatever our Lord may wish to work in you. It is certainly a higher virtue of the soul, and a greater grace, to be able to enjoy the Lord in different times and different places than in only one.” ~Saint Ignatius
Quiet is a blessed gift. In this frantic world how we must cherish every moment of it, and carve it out for ourselves every chance we get.” ~Anne Ortlund
The devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds. He will not allow quietness.” ~Elisabeth Elliot
“God’s voice is still and quiet and easily buried under an avalanche of clamour.” ~Charles Stanley
“God is the friend of silence. See how nature–trees, flowers, grass–grows in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence.” ~Mother Teresa
Be thankful for quiet. For His gentle whisper. Listen.
Father, Thank you for the gift of quiet. Thank you for the stillness of creation. Thank you for speaking to me in gentle whispers. Forgive me for filling my life with noise that distracts me. Forgive me for filling so much of my life with the frivolous and unnecessary. Forgive me for giving so much attention to shouting lies. By Your grace help me to listen. Help me to know Your voice and replace lies with Your truth. In Jesus name I ask for Your grace and mercy. Amen.
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