It starts slow.
In the beginning, it seems soothing, relaxing even, as it gently pulls you in. You don’t really notice it at first because it fills you with endorphins and allows you the space you crave to let go, release tension, and zone out. Slowly, you’re drifting further and further away until you can’t seem to find your way back. What was once a calm release has somehow led to a loud chaos. Like most things in life, you don’t even realize how you got to where you are until the noise starts clouding your judgment and crowding your mind. Life is crazy as it is but is made even crazier when you can’t hear yourself think. The world’s screams are hindering you from focusing on what is important.
It’s the blurry, fuzzy, uncontrolled sound that is best described as white noise.
Have you ever experienced this metaphorical white noise before? Like I mentioned above, it’s a slow fade that softly invades your peace. When your guard is down, when you are preoccupied with the wrong things and/or when you are too busy running yourself ragged in order to appear relevant or keep up with the world, this is when the innocent white noise creeps in.
Soft and slow, until the wavelengths grow stronger and increase in volume so they cannot be avoided. This is Satan in his finest moment – trying every attempt to steer you off of God’s course so he distract you from fulfilling your God given purpose.
I was feeling like this static blurriness had taken up residency in my brain. For a few weeks I prayed, Lord, please silence this noise so I can hear Your voice. Please, Lord, please. Remove the screams of the world so I can focus on being present with You.
And week after week I felt no progress. The internal noise level rose to shrieks so unbearable that I couldn’t take it anymore.
So what did I do?
I turned the switch, I cut off the source, and for good measure I threw in a powerful, “Not today Satan!” [For the specifics of what I have done to “cut the fat” and “silence the noise” within my personal life, please shoot me a message or comment on this post below.]
The world is loud, fast and convincing. It also seems beautiful, intriguing and full of many wonderful things and experiences. It looks shiny and new. When you’re stuck in the thick of it, you don’t just drink the Kool-Aid you guzzle it down so you can be filled with all of the promises being sold to you.
But friends, it is nothing but lies and false hope. Trust me, I’ve been there and I was heavily downing the Kool-Aid for fear of missing out on all the world has to offer. Because the world promises to offer us a lot, but in reality the world is just a bunch of noise distracting us from finding complete fulfillment in Christ while holding us back from embracing our true identity and authentic self.
As soon as I realized the power source of my “noise,” I was instantly overcome with peace. It was a comforting feeling to bask in the peaceful silence and rest in the stillness, but what was even better was being brought back to my 2019 intention for the year – P R E S E N C E.
I personally want to be present in my life so I can appreciate and cherish the gift of God’s presence all around me. The noise within me was trying to prohibit me from tuning into the quiet whispers and gentle stirrings of God’s love, grace and guidance.
2018 was a crazy busy year for me and I have no idea how it flew by so fast. Well actually, I do. It went by like the speed of lighting because I overscheduled my calendar and left no room for margin. I didn’t want to miss out on anything so I said “yes” to everything. In reality, I ended up missing out on so much in 2018 because I wasn’t present in my life.
I don’t want that for you. I encourage you to be still and know that the Lord is God. I pray you will not fall into the world’s trap of filtered perfection and will instead be renewed by God’s Spirit and refreshed by the Living Water.
The well runs deep so visit frequently to be replenished. Limit all of the things that are steering you away from where you feel God wants you to go. Silence the screams of the world so you can tune into the Spirit. Discover the power of God’s presence when you are intentional in being still and quiet. Your soul yearns to hear God’s life-breathing whispers.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”” ~ Psalm 46:10 (ESV
“Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to Him.” ~ Romans 12:2 (CEV)