I was at my desk calling out to my daughter. It was very loud in the next room but I heard a response. I responded only to hear laughter. My son was pretending to be my daughter. The noise level made it hard to hear and it was not so easy to detect what was happening. He found it hilarious. I told him to turn down the television.
We have had much advancement in technology to make it easier to connect with people. The downfall of technology is the fact that there is a lot of noise. Nearly everywhere you go you will find noise. If you are at the supermarket, you’ll hear the beeps from the cash registers. You will hear the self checkout area’s robotic register voices conversing with customers. You will hear music sometimes interrupted by announcements over the PA system. You will hear customers catching up in the middle of an aisle while others have hour long conversations on their cell phone as slowly making their way through the store. You will hear the sound of boxes being opened to restock shelves and the rattling of shopping carts. This is just one example.
Today, look around and see where you can turn down some noise in your life. It is important to have some quiet time to spend with God—time with no distractions so you can hear properly. If you do not have that time, consider a way to accomplish this quiet time today.
“Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.” – Matthew 14:22-23 [ESV]
I had an important meeting so I went through the motions of getting ready. I selected a suitable outfit. I had everything prepared. I got everything complete and went to the car to head to the appointment. About halfway there I had a horrible question in my mind—a question that many of us ask at one time or another. Did I put on my deodorant? Then I visually went through my previous actions in my head and concluded that I neglected one of the most important things. I then began plan B—praying that I would not sweat so much in the 95 degree temperatures.
Some of us have had the good fortune to require a pit stop to a convenience store or department store to pick up some deodorant because we forgot one of the most important steps of the morning routine. Some of us do not realize it until everyone can realize it. But there’s something that we too often miss that is most important—spending some daily time with God.
Now God wants to be a part of your life 24/7 which means that we don’t give Him ten minutes in the morning and that is that; however, we should dedicate some quiet time each day in the morning to begin the day. Start out with God and continue the day with God. There’s no better way. I’d rather miss the deodorant than miss time with the Lord. The same goes for my coveted cup of morning coffee. Start your day with Him—continue it with Him—finish it out with Him! Now that’s a good day!
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” – Mark 1:35 [NIV]