I think we have a problem. I think we have a problem with this thing called SILENCE. Silence is daunting.
Our world today is constantly filled with distractions around every corner. Dings and whistles coming from our phones and devices constantly lure us away from reality into a world of mindless thinking. We always have to be doing something. If we’re waiting on something, we’re mindlessly scrolling through Twitter. If we’re bored, we scroll through Instagram or slave away at beating our Flappy Bird high score. When we’re just walking around or sitting down, we have to listen to music or watch TV. We wake up in the morning and turn on the TV or the radio. Even during meals we must be doing something, whether it’s beneficial or not. We are constantly filling our minds with NOISE. Whether it’s literal sound or just escaping into the World Wide Web, we cannot be silent.
I have made this observation that, again, plain and simple, WE ARE AFRAID OF SILENCE. I think we are just too afraid to put away our devices, music and distractions, because when we sit in silence, we may actually have to face life. These figments of entertainment give us a reason to escape and not comprehend the world around us. When life isn’t going our way, we just whip out our handy-dandy phone and plummet into a place that takes our mind off of our problems.
I have made this observation not only in others, but also in myself. I admit to this entirely. I have come to the point where I don’t want my life to be silent. I don’t want to sit in silence. I mean, I do, but even when I am alone, I am constantly listening to music or texting friends. I have a hard time just putting everything away and just standing in silence. Standing in silence, talking to God and just resting.
I have seen this in myself and I want to try and change it. I have a desire to draw closer to God and the people around me; therefore, I’m going to make an effort. I don’t want to be afraid of silence because silence is good in many ways. You may just want to escape from the world, but that’s not going to solve your problems. When we make the decision to take action and face the unknown, we will be way better off.
Take time to put away your devices and distractions and just be quiet. Talk to God, dig into His Word and take action. Stand up and face the silence.
—Michaela (aka Jesusfreak1415; madeforthemoment.com)