Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matthew 8:26
Our home has an open floor-plan. It seemed like a great idea when our kids were little. I could be cooking and cleaning in the kitchen, and still see and hear my kids while they played in the family room. Now that they’re teens and a tween, however, that open-floor plan can be a challenge.
It seems every time my husband and I finally sit down in the family room to watch a movie or show, my kids suddenly become busy and noisy in the kitchen. Without fail, every time there’s a pivotal moment when one of the characters is about to say something profound and story-altering, one of my kids turns on the ice machine, or drops a pot or a pan, completely drowning out our ability to hear, even when we turn the volume up to 100.
I’m starting to see the same thing happening in my spiritual life.
When I consistently carve out time for prayer each morning, I feel myself growing closer and closer to God. The connection gets so deep, it feels as if some big revelation is coming, as if God is going to reveal something profound and life-altering to me. It’s always at that pivotal time that my life gets thrown into chaos, with a busyness that has my head spinning and my days devoid of time to get quiet with Him. Ultimately, His voice gets drowned out in the noise of it all.
Yet, where we have to turn up the volume on our TVs when our homes get loud, we have to strive for more silence when life gets loud. It’s not easy to find, but there’s always quiet in the eye of any storm. It’s at the center, and can only be reached if we move toward it – head down to shield ourselves from the flying debris, focused on our destination, and fueled by what we know awaits.
God is always waiting in the midst of the clatter and noise. Whether we escape to the bathroom, pantry or backyard, close our eyes and breathe Him in, He can push back the winds of chaos and drown out the noise, wrapping us up in a peace where His voice can be heard.
Questions for Reflection:
- Have I noticed that on the brink of a breakthrough, life tends to get more hectic to thwart my moving forward?
- Have I tried stepping away from the chaos for even five minutes, closing my eyes and breathing Him in in order to hear where He wants to lead me next?
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