Today has been very quiet here. Because my husband had to work all weekend – not his usual – and I had no way to church today, I sat at home and read my Bible for four hours in a quiet house. No radio, no TV, no music playing — only quiet. Delectable!
It is my habit to have the radio turned on most of the day – to listen to interviews and such once in a while, but mostly I listen to teachings and music on the Christian station. Once today I turned it on, but only for a few minutes while I cooked and ate my breakfast, then off it went again. And no TV at all today. Not even set on a music station for ‘background’. I didn’t even turn on my computer until the afternoon! Now that is a biggie!
Do you know how tempting it was to turn on the radio while I was doing the dishes? or later while having lunch or supper? I resisted. Why? You know, I’m not even sure why I did that today. It just was so peaceful here when I got up this morning, and since it is Sunday I decided to read for a few hours with no distractions. Well, none except the little dog needing to go outside a couple of times, and wind and hail beating on the windows – which is a wholly different distraction. Nothing major or constant, though. Then I was enjoying the tranquility so much I stuck with it. All day.
Have you ever done that? Have you ever lived in a day of ‘quiet’ by choice?
I wonder why we think we have to always have noise going on around us – music, or constant talking, or something mindless .. as if we can’t stand our own company. Are we afraid of the ‘aloneness’? Do we avoid the quiet? How does God get through to us when we aren’t allowing ourselves to listen? And what about our own thoughts? Do we even have any quality thinking time of our own?
Maybe reading is much the same thing except it is not coming at us in the form of noise from the outside. But reading expands our minds, doesn’t it? We do have to form our own images, they aren’t coming at us ready-made. Hopefully we’re choosing good things to store in our brains because I believe it all blends together in there and comes out somehow sometime. Maybe in the form of a bestseller!
So, what do you think about all of the above? And do you enjoy the quiet … or are you afraid of it?
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings.
PS – at the time of writing this it was still Sunday but it will be just past midnight, so into Monday at time of posting.