My house is loud. There was a time when our house was still…peaceful…but at times lonely and lacked vibrancy and life. I enjoyed my life as newly married but the infertility years exacerbated my awareness of a lack of noise. Now it’s quite a different scene and I love all the little sounds that can be heard throughout our four walls on a daily basis.
Squealing with glee my 4 lovelys run in and out of our living room sailing barbies and buzz light year through the air…little Milena’s pitter patter as her chunky buns move to and fro to Yo Gabba Gabba music..There is always lots of singing, piano playing, drumming, bongo playing, laughing…and sometimes …okay a lot of screaming…so I find myself shushing everyone a lot. Shhhh! You’re going to wake the baby! Shhhhh its nighttime! Shhhh stop fighting! Shhhh you’re annoying me! Shhhh stop talking! Shhhh go to bed! You get the idea. Sometimes I shush them because they are being ridiculous and reaching noise levels that would shatter glass but a lot of times it’s because quite frankly if I don’t shush them I will go insane…or maybe at this point become more insane…sometimes I just need peace.
The other day though when I was shushing them once again I thought about how there are a lot of things that perhaps need shushing besides adorable loud children. There is a lot of noise that invades my mind on a daily basis that should be shushed more frequently. Worries, fears, guilt and sometimes unreasonable expectations that God never placed on me. Sometimes I think we get use to those messages that run through our minds and accept them even when they are contrary to Gods word…the enemy loves to place doubt and fear in our minds…I think alot of us forget we have the right to say shhhhh! to those things that are in direct opposition to what Gods truth is. Peace cannot be experienced in the presence of those things that we allow to scream louder…when I allow fear or doubt to scream louder my peace shrinks….not because it isn’t there but because I’m not allowing its quiet strength to rise above the noise.
There is information placed in front of our eyes and things that pass our ears that too need to be shushed more regularly. Our every day is filled with more information than one can possibly process, digest or truly need. Facebook. Twitter. instagram. Bombarded. The News has information coming at us verbally as well as scrolling across the tops and bottoms of the screen. Some information is good..and some bad…unnerving…lots of information not only overloads our tired minds but overloads our hearts and can cause unnecessary anxieties, feed insecurities and take our eyes off of Gods truth and promises of peace and rest. It is difficult to receive rest from the quiet of our souls when we bombard our senses with the contrary. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think as Christians we should hide under a blanket with our fingers in our ears singing “la la la I can’t hear you” but I do think sometimes we can forget when and what to filter…for instance in my own personal life I have chosen to limit how much I watch the news…I have an idea what is going on but I won’t allow myself to feed myself a steady diet of what “they” are saying…why? Because I know our world is corrupt, I know people steal and kill, I know people are broken, I know there are wars, I know our economy is failing miserably, I know that I live in Florida and that every other week there is a threat of a hurricane…I don’t need to glue myself to the tv which will inevitably feed my soul more gloom and doom. Because I have a bent towards anxiety I know that not viewing this constantly is better for my soul.
I think sometimes social media is another area at times that needs shushing, at least for me it is. It’s great to connect with people, its great to gather information, its great to network. Sometimes though I think the pull of these things can pull us away from stillness, lack of needing to be doing and resting. Not to mention it at times keeps us from being present from what is directly in front of us. I set limits on myself so that i can give my kids and my husband all of me not just pieces of me while I am distracted. Social media has an addictive quality in that people “need” it…it feeds our needs to be heard and known, me included. Needing to reach out for each others attention, eyes, ears and hearts is a natural thing but when our need to hear the voices of the masses, the “likes” of the masses becomes greater than our desire our ability to hear the voice of God we are missing something…While I love that it provides a platform for individuality and an opportunity for everyone to have a voice at times it just becomes another distraction keeping my gaze on something other than the Lords voice…just another place where I need to guard my heart…
Proverbs 4:23-26 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.”
This verse wasnt just a suggestion, God knows our Hearts wayward nature is naturally swayed to veer in directions opposed to His leading. Sometimes in order to fix our gaze before us on the ultimate peacegiver Jesus we need to shush those things around us that take our gaze off of him.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phillipians 4:8
What about you? Are there places that need to be shushed so you can hear His voice more clearly? Are there messages being sent that are playing over and over like a record that keep you from hearing the message of the truth of Gods love for you? Are there distractions keeping you from experiencing true stillness and rest in Him and Him alone?He pursues our hearts we just need to make room to hear Him calling our name. Sometimes we just need to say shhhh….