Many times when my husband and I are riding in the car, I find myself saying, "Can we just turn the radio off? I would just like to hear some peace and quiet!"
I started thinking about how bombarded we are with the TV, the internet, email, text messages, etc., from the time we wake up in the morning until the time we drift off to sleep at night.
Each day when I arrive at work, music is piped in through speakers throughout the entire office. Many mornings before I ever get to work, I have had phone calls or text messages from family members or co-workers. If I go out for lunch, there is music playing in the restaurant as well as a giant screen TV in the corner of the restaurant. I walk in the door at home after a long day at work and the TV is on a 24 hour News station. And this is not even mentioning the text messages, phone calls and emails received and sent throughout the day!
If we go into a place that requires that we turn off our cellphones, as soon as we come out we immediately turn them back on. It is almost like the cellphones contain oxygen that we have been deprived of! Many of us are now capable of walking (or driving) while texting our friends, returning emails, and making phone calls.
I can't help but wonder...
- Is there a spiritual danger in all of this?
- Does God just become one more thing that we try to multi-task?
- If we have all of this "noise" bombarding us, are we even able to hear the still small voice of God?
- Do we have the same level of commitment to spending time with God as we do to our favorite TV show?
Would we be willing to cut out one 30 minute TV program or 30 minutes spent on the internet so that we could turn off the "noise" and spend time alone with God?
I believe God is calling us to come apart from all the "noise" in our lives. It may be by an internet fast, a TV fast, or maybe by a silent retreat. We could do it by taking a walk (leaving our IPods at home) or by journaling. Even riding in the car can be a great time to pray and think and, also, memorize scripture.
Every step we take to quieten the "noise" in our lives may bring us that much closer to the Lord.