On Oct 3 at an evening worship service, we experienced stillness. IN an effort to re-create, stop reading, turn off your computer and spend 5 minutes simply listening to all around you.
If you chose to keep reading I am sharing a few of the thoughts I shared leading into the moment:
Too much noise has invaded our life. We invent new ways to multi task and we can literally do five things at once. I just got a new headset for talking on the phone while driving, and when I connect it to my GPS I can actually be talking to someone, while a voice talks over our conversation and tells me what to do. Yes I listen to the radio while this is happening. And at a red light I will either fire off a text or check a website for football news.
There is external noise. And there is internal noise. We can fire synapses for planning, organizing, judging, evaluating, discerning, deciding, reacting, and organizing. We assign meaning all around us. We build our own mental cathedrals and we never stop. We never rest. We never breath. We never listen.
In Matthew 12-13 we read the narrative of Jesus ministry. It unfolds between Jesus pouring himself out and filling himself up.
"Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath."
"going on from that place, he went to their synagogues."
"Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place"
"That same day, Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake."
"Then he left the crowd and went in to the house."
"When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there"
He got away. He removed the noise. He pursued intimacy with his Father in quiet…in stillness…in silence.