Sometimes, it feels as though the noise all around me swallows me up and I can’t figure out what to cut out and what to keep in. Like I can’t hear myself think–too much stimulation, too many distractions. My heart gets unsettled and I can’t seem to get back to a place of peace.
Until I walk away.
From the noise, and the extras, and the superficiality, and the smiles and loud laughs.
Yet not all noise is bad.
Last year, I purchased my very first ipod. It’s a tiny little thing, about the size of a postage stamp. I loaded it full of worship music and turned it on when I went for my next daily walk. There’s nothing like hearing worship right in my ear, and joining in, and letting it change me. I love it. I became addicted to it. I looked forward to it every day… until one day, I forgot to charge my ipod. It went silent on me, and I had to take a silent walk. it was a bit scary after months of music blasting inbetween my ears. But since my walk is a non-negotiable part of my day, I went on a silent walk.
I heard the birds sing, the leaves rustle, the little creek flow, the deer rush away from me.
I let myself get all quiet on the inside. I opened myself up to God.
He gently filled my mind with His truth. I meditated on it. No noise to interrupt, just the gentle breeze all around me. His presence was loudest in the deepest of silences. It fed my hungry soul. It filled my empty places.
His presence joyed me with Himself.
I came home settled and energized. Hungry for more of Him. Unafraid of the quiet. Looking forward to more of it.
I still love to run with my ipod full of worship songs. But there is indeed a time for everything under the sun, and silence is one of these beautiful “things.” In getting all quiet on the inside, I can hear the One who loves me perfectly. I can hear the One for whom my heart beats. And nothing beats that.
Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp
#260 my daily walk where I can be with Jesus
#259 a quiet minute in the middle of my work day
#258 plenty of water