i run around in life with the music always turned up loud. the radio or cd player is constantly on in my car. if it isn’t it’s cosi’ve got my hands free kit on chatting to someone. then there’s email, bebo, blogs and podcasts. texts, voicemail and calls. i’m always rushing from one place to the next. doing one thing after another. meeting with yet another person. chatting with him or her.

my life is full of noise.

that’s why a bluetree song really caught me a couple of months ago. not just the song, but the concept behind it. or the bible passage its based on i suppose:

“The LORD said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.’

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in thewind.

After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.

After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire.

And after the fire came a gentle whisper…”1 Kings 19:11-12 

i’ve been speaking about this loads over the last few weeks, making it my goal and determination to live this out myself. think God’s emphasising this at the minute in loadsa different ways.

perhaps we need to hear the gentle whisper. finding times to turn the volume down in life. discovering the beauty of silence, rather than always relying on community. 

cos it’s not that God’s not speaking, it’s just that sometimes i’m not listening!