Friday, June 15, 2007

Unexpected Blessing

Since we have now been without tv for a smidge over two weeks I am noticing some new things. The most shocking to me is that I actually like quiet. I am one of those people who has something on for noise all the time. The tv is usually on, just for background noise. Or the radio is spitting out tunes. In the car we always have the radio or cd going. Quiet has always somewhat unnerved me. And yet, I long for it.

The other night, the family was all in bed and I was up quietly doing some household chores before turning in myself. As I washed dishes, I thought about putting on a nice quiet cd. But then it struck me - I was truly enjoying the quietness of the house. Somehow it brought a peace to my heart and a simple contentment to me.

My people shall abide in a peaceful habitation ,
in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.
Isaiah 32:18

And this verse so reflects the desire I have for my home. I want a peaceful habitation, a secure dwelling, and a quiet resting place for my family. In all the tumult of the world, home should be a place that our families long for - a safe harbor from the world. I've known this for years, of course, but somehow never connected it to just the simple quietness that comes from shutting out the noise, confusion and hostility of today's world.
Of course, the quietness of our souls doesn't just come from turning off the tv or the stereo. It comes from allowing those actions to lead us to being still before the God of the universe, who so longs to have communion with us. Just to be in His presence. That's what I have decided to focus on.

You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11


Leeann said...

Beautiful entry, Lori.

Anonymous said...

Lori, I am one of the quiet lovers. My dh, on the other hand, has to have music or some other noise going constantly. It is a battle when he is home. But when all are gone, it is blissfully quiet. Enjoy!

Charity said...

I loved this post. I am going to put the verse from Isaiah on the front of my soon-to-be redone "Control Journal."


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