Is there a volume button for our noisy world?
Because the noise drowns out my favorite parts of life:
1) Peace and quiet for my spirit.
2) Deep-rooted solitude in my soul.
3) The ability to reflect without distraction.
4) In-person intimacy and heart-felt conversation among my closest friends and family.
I wear a title in my family, AKA “noise manager.” So I send out memos, audible and text, to my people requesting they make adjustments to the loudness.
Turn down the television.
Please lower your voice.
Your music’s too loud.
But sometimes I misplace my own remote control in life. When I find myself smack dab in the middle of the world’s noise—among the clamor and racket—I search for an escape. I even want to run away. But where do I go? How can I rise above the noise…the roar?
Restless in a Noisy World
There’s so much noise tugging at my heart these days. Twirling in my head. The loudness of it all suffocates the quiet.
A gazillion shouting voices. And the words spill out on social media. Rhetoric screams on every street corner.
This is the right path, come this way.
No, listen to us. Our road is the one you want to take.
Ignore the others. We have the answer you’re looking for.
Like the thump of concert speakers, the world’s rhythm is heavy and strong. A rumbling echo replaces the noiseless calm.
Searching for a Volume Button
So, I’m thrown into a restless state. And I want to send a memo out to the world. Wishing to do a little shouting of my own from the sidelines.
Enough already! Be quiet! Please!
I search for a volume button to the world…to life. If I could just find it and turn the decimals down as far as they can go…to nothing—no sound, only hush.
Maybe the quiet and calm would come. A stillness my spirit desperately needs.
Silently still—I want to feel it in my bones.
A Quiet Place with Christ
Christ relayed the importance a quiet place to His closest followers. After Christ sent the apostles out for ministry work, they came back with a mission report. “The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught” Mark 6:30 ESV.
Here’s what happened next:
“Then Jesus said, ‘Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.’ He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone” Mark 6:31-32 NLT.
But when the crowds saw Christ and the apostles depart, they ran on ahead by foot to the other side of the shore. So the boat ride became the only restful and quiet place to be alone. And to be with Jesus.
Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of our work day, home life with kids and family, ministry, socializing online or attachment to our digital devices, Christ calls us to “rest awhile.” And He extends an invitation. Come, my child. Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place.Let's go off by ourselves to a quiet place. ~ Jesus #noise #faith Click To Tweet
Time alone with Christ. It’s the volume button to turn down a noisy world.
What’s Your Noise Level?
The demands of life and the pull of social media often rob us of quiet, rest or soul-restoring time with Jesus Christ.
Do you find it hard to get away from life’s noise and spend time with Christ?
When you accept the invitation from Jesus and go off to a quiet place with Him, how does it quiet your heart and soul?
Tell us in the comments.
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Stay tuned for next week’s post, Can I Send a Text Message to God?
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