The city is full of noises. There are cars honking, people with raised voices, crashing, footsteps, clocks, radios, television, sirens, tires screeching, planes taking off and landing. All around the neighborhoods in the city, there is some kind of noise.
When I used to live there, we lived on a street that (once upon a time) used to be out of the way, but shortly after we moved there, the city resurfaced the street and it became a busy avenue, full of sound and traffic. We also lived along the corridor that the airplanes flew over every day. The walls of the house could not keep the sounds out. For a long time, I had difficulty sleeping or resting because of the noise. But, eventually, the everyday noises faded into the background of my mind. It became something that I didn't even listen to anymore. I learned to adapt to my environment and learned to sleep and work and live, in spite of it. After a while, I didn't even notice. The drone of noise was a constant in my life.
It wasn't until I moved to the mountains that I realized how much I crave, how much I need silence. I hear the trees whisper in the wind. I hear the birds sing, the mountain streams bubble, and even occasionally, the elk call.
In the busy life I live, I have discovered that I fill my minutes, hours and days with noise. Some of them are soft, some are loud, but all are distractions. It is in the silence of the quiet moments that I come to know that I am never really alone. It is in the moments free of the distraction of noise and busyness that I realize I am loved and known.
In the silence, I feel my Heavenly Father's love all around me.
I hear the whisper of His breath upon the wind.
I feel the warmth of His touch as the sun kisses my cheeks.
In the noise of life, I sometimes forget to listen to the silence of His love.
God is not in the loud noises.
He fills the silence.
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before theLord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
1 Kings 19:11-12