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Necessary Silence

Be still, and know that I am God! (Psalm 46:10a)

According to Yahoo News (8-16-17), an unusual song had emerged as one of the most popular tracks on the iTunes Top 50 charts. The title of the song is “A a a a a Very Good Song” and it is almost ten minutes of complete silence. No music is played, voice or sound heard at all. So if you own a recently modeled car that automatically plays music from your Bluetooth connector, the auto connect would play this song first and your first ten minutes in the car would be complete silence.  The reason why this was one of the most popular tracks is that silence is something we never realized we wanted so badly.

Let us remember, our normal daily activity is flooded with noise and commotion. Much of it is not evil in nature, but what noise and activity does is it directs our attention to everything else and it has a tendency to distract us from hearing from God.

From our alarm clocks playing various noises, the notifications we receive whenever someone texts, emails or tags us, the breaking news notifications on CNN, MSNBC, the photo notifications to check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tik-tok and everything in between, from the time our eyes open to the time we close them at night, we are all assaulted and caught up in noise and distractions! Intentional noise – unintentional noise that disturbs your focus.

Distractions  and noise then, are camouflaged to pull our attention away from God and on to something else. Removing it completely is sometimes the only way we can allow ourselves to truly listen to what God is trying to say to us. This is the reason we must be intentional in necessary silence.

Silence is necessary because our lives are full of trouble, chaos, disorder and confusion. We all have or will face circumstances that we believe are more than we can handle and will understand the helpless feeling of not being able to change our situations in life. These are the times we need to be reminded of Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God!” Sometimes, we need to not be in such a hurry, and be still. When we are still we can then let God be God. Perhaps we should stop trying to fix everything. Maybe we should not be in such a hurry to get to the next place, but be still. Stop worrying about everyone and their lives, all the time. I have lived long enough to learn that there are some things in life I cannot fix, but I should be still and allow God to work! This taught me to completely surrender what power I thought I had to control everything and allow God to make all things right in God’s time.

Necessary silence is what we need. But we must initiate it because it is not just going to happen by itself. Let us try sitting still and being quiet. I am positive that God has something to tell us.

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