As I get older, I notice my sleep patterns are starting to change. Instead of sleeping like a baby, small noises in the night now wake me up. A barking dog in the neighbor’s yard or my phone alters beeping cause me to stir from my slumber. Once I am awake, I find it hard to get back to dreamland. I received a pair of earplugs on one of our overseas flights so I thought I would try them at home to see if they helped. I scrunched them up and inserted them into my ears. At first, I did not notice a difference until they started to expand within my ears. Slowly, the noises of the night faded away, and I drifted off to sleep. I savored the sound drifting away into nothingness. I use the earplugs more often now, and I look forward to the physical sensation of everything becoming quiet as I know sleep will soon follow.
Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.”
Some days, I wish I could wear my earplugs all day long. I would love to silence the unwanted noises of my life. Quiet the screaming news headlines declaring this opinion is better than that opinion. Tune out the negative thoughts that roam around in my head when I screw up. Plug up the traffic noises, honking horns and blaring sirens. When the sounds become too much for me, I use nature to escape into a quieter zone. Listening to nothing but natural noises gives me the same effect as my earplugs.
1 Kings 19:12 “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.”Jesus does not want to scream and shout above all the others clamoring to get our attention. Click To Tweet
When the noise ceases, and the calm settles around me either in nature or when wearing my earplugs I notice another benefit. I can listen better. I can focus my ears to pick up the things I want to hear when I drowned out the unwanted noises. My quiet times let me hear God more clearly also. The volume of society prevents us from noticing the still, small voice of God. Jesus does not want to scream and shout above all the others clamoring to get our attention. God does not want to compete against the cries of the world that scream in our ears. We hear and find Jesus in the quietness of our souls. God is in the whispers that are only perceived when we tune out all other sounds.God does not want to compete against the cries of the world that scream in our ears. Click To Tweet
Psalm 107:29 “He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves.”
God works in the whispers, not in the chaotic shouts. Find time today, and every day, to shut out the noises that bombard us daily and seek out the hints of God found in the silence. God can calm the storms with a whisper, including those raging within you. Seek Him today.
Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”