You would think it would be easy to be in the here-and-now when you are housebound.
My ‘here’ is very comfortable: lemon walls, white cupboards, two pillows on my bed, the birds starting to sing for morning. Spring is tentatively tiptoeing in, bruised by all the snow and rain.
But the ‘there’ creeps in too.
The ‘there’ is important: friends, relationships, appointments, dreams, plans. I tap on my iPad, and the sound is satisfying. I click, and it feels important. I am lying down, but I am opening doors, creating worlds, laughing with friends. There is the noise of words on the screen even in the silence of the house, and these distract me from the alone-ness.
And then, there are times like today, where I stop and I feel that silence creeping through the net curtains.
When so many are calling your name, how will you know that it is not Eli, but the Lord?
Here I am. Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.
- How do you feel about silence?
- To what extent are you pushing God’s voice out with the noise and busyness of your daily life?
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