Yesterday’s post challenged us to take a few minutes to encounter silence, or at least the silence of putting down your device and being still in your current place.
After spending so much time in our home during quarantine, I have realized that I don’t often leave room for silence. The radio is on with the news, my ear buds are in listening to a podcast or audiobook, or I have music playing while doing chores. These things aren’t bad and I get a lot of enjoyment from them, but they can lead me away from encountering God in others and the world around me because I am inviting noise and distractions constantly into my day.
For example, the other day I was shoveling the driveway while listening to Lord of the Rings: Return of the King on my headphones. I was very engaged by it, so much so that I missed my neighbors, walking with their newborn, who stopped to say hi to me. Eventually I realized they had paused to chat and I pulled off my headphones, but I was flustered, being pulled out of one story into the present moment.
This made me realize there are many moments where God is trying to speak to me each day but I am distracted. Whether it’s a bird flitting from one branch to another or a neighbor saying hello, I want to be more in tune with the messages of the world around me. That starts with letting myself be in “silence” away from constant, chosen stimulation.
Today let us pray that we recognize areas where we can open ourselves to silence and embrace opportunities to listen to the world around us.