But there is also another kind of noise that is crowding my mind and thoughts, it's not soothing, comforting or cheering to me. It is the never-ending and constant barrage of information and input I am getting all day long from the internet.
I blame no one but myself. No one is forcing me to log on in the morning and then keep checking Facebook, email accounts, websites, blogs etc all day, every day. Over and over again. I don't even carry a smart-phone to send me bleeps that I have a new comment, don't need it, I am checking anyway! I work on my laptop so, there it is, just one little click away.
I think I have forgotten that getting into some silence is one of the best pathways to hearing God, first hand. Him to me.
It is so EASY. but so HARD.
The other day someone I know posted a music video that I'd heard before but I clicked it anyway. By the time it got to the final note I was sitting with my head back on the couch and tears were streaming down my face.
I closed the laptop and my eyes and thanked God for the message in that song. It was perfect and timely for me.
Then the sensation was gone and my normal pattern would be to open my eyes and my laptop and do some more browsing to see what I could see.
But...This time I sat there and whispered a tiny little bit of a prayer,
"I've missed You God. Thank you for that moment."
And He answered me,
"I'm here, I am always here."
Of course He is always here. I KNOW that. We know that! BUT...I could not hear Him above the noise that was my constant companion. Yes, it was a song on Facebook that brought me to this lesson, but that moment only lasted as long as the song did.
I had to CHOOSE to step into it a bit farther.
To swim on out a bit DEEPER.
To turn it all off and listen a little LONGER.
To embrace the silence.
Then it was..."Oh, there you are God!"
Remember this great scene when young Peter Pan was hidden inside grown-up Peter Pan?
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