Today I had an eye doctor appointment. After dilation, they take me in a room and dim the lights. I’m in the straight backed chair, sitting chris-cross-applesauce (formerly known as “Indian style”). The nice lady closes the door and I have a revelation. It’s quiet. Totally quiet. Not one kid saying my name. Not one kid yelling at another. Not one email to be read or one book to be devoured (remember….the dilation- see the picture- that’s one serious pupil). Not one phone call to answer or return. No one to talk to, no music to listen to, nothing. Just quiet. And I realized it has been a long time since my life was quiet.

Noise comes in so many forms. I think I didn’t fully understand that until today. I have, presently, four magazines and six books to read. Ridiculous, I know. I’m constantly emailing, myspacing, blogging, blog-stalking, text messaging, etc. None of it involves sound, but it is noise in my life. Heck, half the time I talk to myself- I make my own noise. Not to mention TV, radio, CDs, iPod, phone calls, whatever. My cup overfloweth in the noise department.

And yet I complain that I can’t hear His voice.

1 Kings 19:11-12
“And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”

Psalm 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God.

1 Peter 3:3-5
Our beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.