Turn down the noises

Posted: May 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

Story of the day:  Turn down the noises

Noise. It seems to be all around me. Loud noises, constant noises, blaring noises, and even soft noises, always seem to find a way to my ear. No matter how hard I try to escape them, they seem to sprout from every direction. Just as easily as they can distract me, they can also keep me from hearing what God is trying to tell me.  I was reading an amazing story from a book by Ken Jones, titled When You’re All Out of Noodles.  In this book, he talks about a lesson that he learned one day at the office.  He writes:

When I walked into my office, I noticed something that I had never seen before.  It was round, about the size of a dessert plate, and plugged into the wall, giving out a constant noise.  It wasn’t a loud noise, just constant.  What in the world is that thing?  I thought as I stopped to stare.

I finally asked the receptionist about it.  She said, “It’s an ambient noise generator.  If it’s too quiet in here, we can distinguish the voices in the counseling offices, and we want to protect their privacy.  So we bought the noise generator to cover the voices.”

Her explanation made perfect sense to me, but didn’t it have to be louder to mask the conversations, I asked.  “No,” she said.  “The constancy of the sound tricks the ear so that what is being said can’t be distinguished.”

Interesting, I thought.  Very interesting.  One kind of noise to cover the sound of another.  It made me think and pray.

No wonder, Lord.  No wonder I strain to hear what you have to say to me…The constancy of sound–little noises, soft inward, ambient thoughts and fears and attitudes–tricks the ears of my inner man and masks your still, small voice.

Quote of the day:  Craig Larson

“God isn’t silent.  We just have trouble hearing Him.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”


Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray to be still and hear Your Voice as You speak to me daily.  May my day not be so busy that I drown out Your Voice.  It is so easy for me to drown out Your Still Voice with all the world has to offer with noise.  I pray to filter through it all so that I don’t miss out on You and what You have to share with me.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,



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