Thursday, July 24, 2008

The noise...

With everything going on in our lives lately, Yana and I have been looking for ways to simplify things. It has been a long and difficult time in our lives, and we are still dealing with alot of different hurdles that seem to keep coming. In light of all that stuff I finally got the nerve to ask a friend to borrow their bicycles so that we could get out and do something for free. I know it's not much of an adventure, but we haven't been on bikes for years! As we ventured out on our first ride, there was one thing that really struck me...THERE WAS NO NOISE. As I breathed in the fresh evening air, and peddled up the hill I realized how much noise we deal with on a daily basis. Whether it be in the car, in the office, the tv being on, the fan at night, business of our daily lives...all of it is noise...and we never stop adding to it do we?

A colleague at work suggested that all of the noise that we keep constantly processing in our brains subconsciously leads to both mental and physical fatigue. I agree with that statement, and I would go even further to say that it leads to spiritual fatigue. I mean, how often do we really get quiet? Being a person that believes that we are fully physical and fully spiritual beings, I think that maybe we need to stop and confront all of the noise in our lives. When scripture states, "Be still and know that I am God" we even consider the physical ramifications of that action. So many times I think that we fall prey to the thought that this is a command with unknown consiquence rather than a gift that we can be rejuvinated by.

Maybe we are afraid of what might happen? Maybe we don't truly believe that the Lord will speak to us? Maybe we are just stuck in a rut? Either way...this is a call to stillness! Stop the noise!!! Just for a while anyway...see what happens.


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