Brenda’s Blog – January 16, 2018
“Those fans are so loud I can’t hear myself think…”
I walked in after ten days on the road and thousands of miles added to my odometer to find water spewing from my sink. Yes, a tower of water – and not a lovely HGTV water feature.
The floors were flooded, the rugs were soaked, and life changed drastically.
ServPro came in with 41 fans and 3 dehumidifiers. It sounded like an airplane hanger or a manufacturing plant. Normal conversation was impossible and the sound was unceasing. At one point I said to myself, “Those fans are so loud I can’t hear myself think…”
Then I wondered… what else makes so much noise that serious thought is impossible? How about the rantings of political figures, the cries of cause-oriented activists, or the complaints of those who argue about the fairness of life? Those are obvious, aren’t they? But wait – maybe there are other noises that are more subtle.
The sounds of self-centeredness, the cacophony of critical thoughts, the warblings of worry… all shut out the freshness of the Spirit. When the voice I hear most often is “me, not Thee,” I have reached a tipping point.
He tells us to “Be still, and know that I am God.” Yes, turn off the TV, the music, the Sirius radio, and other distractions. Listen for the holy quietness.
I have friends who live alone and want very little silence. They turn on TVs in every room making sure they never have to face their own thoughts. But the comfort of “His thoughts are not our thoughts” gives us freedom to hear from Him – even when it isn’t audible. Our Spirits are disabled by the constant noise, aren’t they? Peace and quiet is what my Mom used to ask for when we were most rambunctious. That is what our great God wants for us, as well.
The fans will probably leave today. Hallelujah! Hopefully, I will focus on His words through His Word. And the thoughts which fill my mind will be pleasing to Him.