Is your average day like mine?
Kids, Peers, Cars, Music, Food, Air Conditioning, Chores, Cleaning, and so much more?
Each day we get swept into the routine we have voluntarily set for ourselves as we motor from activity to activity spending so much time on the go that we forget.
We forget to listen.
It’s hard to hear the silence.
Through the bustle of every day we don’t even take notice of how loud our world has become. Even as I type this in my office, alone, I hear the swamp cooler on the roof and the click of the keyboard and the laughter of children in the building outside my door.
I have taken silence for granted.
Have you ever been introduced to something so refreshing that you cannot imagine how you ever lived without it? Think back to life without cell phones if you can. We didn’t know what we were missing, yet now we can’t imagine life without them.
When we went into the Grand Canyon for our rafting trip I expected grandeur and excitement and new compadres. What I didn’t expect was the quiet.
There were times when I could hear nothing but the sounds God created into the world: the trickle of water, the buzzing of insects, the wind in the reeds, and the bird song. In those moments, with no deadlines and no expectations, I found peace.
Now that I am back I struggle more than I used to with all the noise. I crave silence and solitude. I crave the inner peace that comes from true communion with creation.
Can you relate? Jesus could.
Even he often withdrew to lonely, quiet places to pray – to be with His Father on a mountain or by the shore.
God may be whispering to us, “Here is peace.” Yet we are so busy, distracted by the noise, that we miss His peace.
I want to hear the silence again. I want to hear His creation again. I want to hear Him.