Filtering Noise – Look, See, Pray

How sweet- gentle rain on the rose leaves, what a nicely tranquil scene. Appearances can deceive.

These “raindrops” came from a watering can “rose.” And as I watered, there was a constant traffic drone in my ears, so the peace-and-tranquility-bit was taking a rush-hour hit. Shame to spoil the illusion, but truth will out.

I made a conscious choice: to ignore the traffic, filter its rumbles and honks, and listen instead to the birdsong and the rustling of the oak trees nearby. Having a positive focus, I then found inner peace and began to sense more distinctly the Presence of God. There is so much “noise” and intrusion into our space: it can stress us and irritate us so we become snappy and edgy. Bad noise…

It takes an effort, a discipline, to filter the noise.

Spirituality benefits from peace, quiet, solitude- and we have to seek it out, make it a priority. Even a minute or two of stillness is a tonic to the soul. For in that stillness, we can find God waiting for us. He waits for our attention, our humility. The psalm writer describes this beautifully:

"My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content."   -  Psalm 131:1-2

Can you find a time and place to filter the noisy distractions? There you will find the Lord.

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