Lately every time my phone “pings” with a new message or alert on breaking news my heart skips a beat. With all that is going on, I’ve found myself gradually getting sucked in to the stories and updates to a point where it feels like I’m going dizzy and all I want to do is ignore everything just for a few moments.
Have you ever felt like that?
When there are so many different voices and opinions, sometimes it’s so easy to get pulled in and get distracted and we forget how to be still. I was on my way to work one day and I was getting my worship on with my favourite playlist. With a smile on my face, I was all pumped and ready to take on another busy day. When all it took was several ‘pings’ on my phone and my mind started racing. I found my thoughts diverted and thinking
‘Oh no, what is it now?
Just then, the song ‘Quiet’ by Elevation started to play on my playlist. As the song played, I listened to the lyrics:
“Here we go again, my mind racing
And I can’t seem to win
All these crazy thoughts and feelings
It’s like it never ends
Until Your voice breaks through my noise
Away with the distractions
I want to hear what’s true
The only words that matter
They come from You”
It was such a reminder that I needed to silence my thoughts and let God speak. I love it when God speaks because His voice cuts through all the commotion and distractions and all my anxiety goes away, all other opinions don’t matter anymore because He is truth and He reminds me of who I am.
But we tend to get distracted so easily and sometimes we forget to stop and listen for God’s still voice.
Sometimes we expect His voice to compete with all the other distractions but the bible shows us that He also speaks in a gentle whisper.
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 1 Kings 19:11-12
I love this scripture because it reminds me to not be distracted by the fire and wind or more recently, the breaking news and opinions. When it gets overwhelming, let’s remember to turn the volume down on the noise of all that is going on around us and instead tune in to God’s whisper because we were made to listen to Him.
I pray that as you quiet your thoughts, you will find the joy of listening to Him speaking life and peace over you.
Written by Janelle Foo (Hope City Newcastle) for the SHE IS Collective Blog Series