“And your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right or to the left.” – Isaiah 30:21
“Your ears will hear a word behind you …” I get the feeling that Isaiah wasn’t talking about God standing a few feet away, cupping his hands around his mouth like a megaphone, and hollering at the top of his lungs to get our attention. Instead, I picture him close beside us, just over our shoulder, giving a helpful whisper in our ear.
If that is the case, can you hear him?
Can you hear him through your cell phone or iPod, or would he have to physically disconnect you just to get a word in edgewise?
Can you hear him over the noise of the TV, radio, sports, or movies?
Can you hear him through the chatter of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter?
Can you hear him in the midst of your own turbulent thoughts, to-do lists, and busyness?
This is not about casting a judgment on any of the above. Cell phones are great, iPods are fun, TV can help us relax, Facebook provides valuable interconnectedness, etc. It’s simply a question of balance. All those things are “loud.” They grab and engage our attention. We need to instill a balancing amount of “quiet” in our lives as well, so that we can “hear a word behind you, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’”
How would you describe the balance of your life: do you have a healthy amount of quiet time in which you can focus on God and hear his voice?
Where do you most often get out of balance in life? Watching TV or surfing the Internet? Too much chatting on the phone? Trying to accomplish too many things in too little time?
If you feel like your life has too much “noise,” what steps will you take to carve out areas of quiet?