The Static of Life

Static, the constant hum in the ears of our everyday life, infamous background noise… we can’t live without it. We are people that cannot stand silence. It is dull, intimidating and rather awkward. We can’t function without that background noise, headphones in our ears or talking to avoid the awkward silence. We can’t even fall asleep at night without drowning out the silence of the room or the chaos of our thoughts. Companies make money off of us by making machines to “condition the sound”, or create a “white noise” to drown out or cover unwanted sound. Noise becomes stacked, not into harmony, but static. Have you ever made a conscious effort to be in tune to the sounds around you? Yes, I am suggesting sitting in silence, which can be merely impossible at times. There is always something, the hum of a refrigerator, singing birds, the lawn mower a block away, or the buzz of everything that needs to get done in your head. Sitting in silence or, being aware of the sounds around you and trying to pick out each individual sound can be amazing. You would be surprised at what can be heard if you allow yourself to simply hear. Do you remember ever being scared, maybe in a new place and hearing all kinds of noises…such as the creaking floor? We suddenly become aware of every possible sound in such a situation. We try and listen for something so bad that we hear what is not even there. In reality, these sounds are always there and over time, we become accustomed to them – they blend in with everything else and add to the stack.

When we get consumed in all of this static, the static of life, it becomes hard to hear God – maybe impossible. We need something loud and definite to get our attention, but what if God speaks in a small whisper? Much like when the Lord appeared to Elijah.

“The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 1 Kings 11-13

If God speaks to us in a whisper, how on earth can we hear among the static? We are busy, loud and need something even louder to divert our attention. It has to catch us off guard or we will keep plugging away. It reminds me of a kid blaring music and their mom is forced to yell over the sound to get their attention. It seems we expect this of God, we expect Him to speak to us in a volume above what we choose to set our lives at. He wants to be the noise we consume ourselves with and what we choose to drown out everything else with. When we turn to Him, He has the power to make all else fade away. This does not mean to live in silence, but to realize that God may be tugging on your heart to listen to Him because He has so much to tell you! Let him be the rhythm you dance to, the tune you sing along to, and even the alarm you wake up to.

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

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