Today you will be encouraged by the words of a dear friend of mine, Laci Richardson. We originally connected over a fitness program but our friendship quickly grew deeper than just a business acquaintance. Laci is a giver, loves people, and serves in ways that most people will never realize. She has offered me much encouragement and support over the years. I know you will be blessed by getting just a glimpse into Laci’s wisdom and what God has put on her heart this week.
I have been thinking recently about all the noise in my life. There is A LOT of it. And, it’s not just audible noise, but visual noise as well – billboards, advertising, store windows, text messages, emails, etc. The noise in my life is not getting any less, either. The noise levels have increased exponentially over the years. In a video I watched once, I learned that there is a man who records nature sounds for his profession. In 1968 he said it took him 15 hours of recording time to get one hour without any outside noise (voices, car horns, etc). Today, it takes him over 2,000 hours of recording time to get that same hour without noise!
A few years ago, I had the privilege of taking a three-day sabbatical. I stayed in a secluded house all by myself, with no distractions – no TV, no phone, no music, no computer. I spent those three days alone with God. I had a lot of silence. At first, it was difficult to decompress from the fast-paced life I had come from to a place of silence and calmness. The longer I was there, the more I enjoyed the silence. I realized just how much noise is actually in my life. I thought about all the times that the TV is on in my house, not because anyone is watching it, but because we are just so used to the noise.
In 1 Kings 19:11-13, the Lord tells Elijah to go to the mountain because He is about to pass by. First comes a powerful wind, but God was not in the wind. Then comes an earthquake, but God was not in the earthquake. Next comes a fire, but God was not in the fire. Finally comes a gentle whisper (some versions say a still, small voice), and that is when Elijah hears God.
Do you ever feel like God is distant? Do you sometimes have trouble hearing His voice? Could it be that we are so used to all the noise, that we might be missing the most important voice of all? I think there is a connection between the amount of noise in our lives and our inability to hear God.
Jesus Himself practiced the discipline of silence. The Bible says in Luke 5:16 that “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” What about you? Have you spent the same amount of time worrying and discussing difficult things in your life as you have being silent and listening to God? Maybe God is waiting for you in the silence.
Habakkuk 2:20 – “But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him.”
Psalm 37:7 – “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”
Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God.”