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?
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 suggesting solutions, answers, and opinions.
Like the thump of concert speakers, the world’s rhythm is loud. A rumbling echo replaces the noiseless calm. It spins me 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!
It causes me to search for a volume button to the world . . . to life. If I could just find it and turn the decimals down to nothing—no sound, only hush. Maybe the quiet and calm would come. A stillness my spirit desperately needs. Silence, I want to feel it in my bones.
Christ relayed the importance of a quiet place to His closest followers. After Christ sent the apostles out for ministry work, they came back with a mission report. Still, the crowds pressed in, never leaving them alone. Then Jesus suggested they go off by themselves to a quiet place.
The demands of life often rob us of quiet and soul-restoring time with Jesus Christ. Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of our work day; home life with kids, family, and ministry; or socializing online, Christ calls us to “rest awhile.”
Spend time alone with Christ. It’s the volume button to turn down a noisy world.
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