Monday, November 10, 2014

Finding Your Voice

Don't you love the word "cacophony?"  It means a harsh discordance of sound or a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds.  We have so much auditory and visual input every day, all day, all night, all the time.  Have you ever felt uncomfortable with silence?  Do you find yourself reaching over to turn on the radio, or music, or call someone to talk?  Do you even fill up the space by talking to yourself on the ride home from wherever really important place you've been.  Sometimes, we lose sight of what really matters because we have so much yammering going on inside our heads.  Maybe that's why the psalmist in Psalm 46:10 said, "Be still, and know that I am God."  Be still.  I think we miss the still, small voice that beckons us to come away and we get lost in the day to day existence of our lives.  Be still.  Shhh.  Just listen.  You'll find peace in the silence.  It may take practice because of how addicted we have become to being connected - technologically, personally, socially.  Elijah was a great prophet of God and by the hand of God accomplished supernatural things, but at one point all the noise in his life brought only confusion.  He didn't know how to find God.    And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 1 King 19:11-12.  My encouragement for us all is to slow down and listen more.  Be still.  The answers we need are in the silence.