What do you get when your world gets too noisy? And I don't just mean the high decibel kind.
I also mean all of the commotion in life that distracts from the things we should really be paying attention to.
All too often, I think I try to justify paying attention to all the buzz. After all, noise is the new normal. We are expected to be informed and have an opinion about everything. We are expected - even encouraged - to bring about change by adding our voices to the dull roar. Isn't that what the "share" button is for?
However, the earliest Christians recognized that joining in the uproar isn't restful. Do you know what they set their sights for instead?
This isn't to say they weren't actively engaging in culture changing behavior. They were. But they were doing it in uncommon ways of showing love. And love is a phenomenon that often makes itself known in quiet, unexpected ways.
In this first-century prayer from the Syrian Clementine Liturgy, they affirm that this peace, love, and quietness is rooted in God Himself:
Who art the unsearchable abyss of peace,
the ineffable sea of love,
the fountain of blessings,
and the bestower of affection,
Who sendest peace to those that receive it;
Open to us this day the sea of Thy love, and water us with the plenteous streams from the riches of Thy grace.
Make us children of quietness, and heirs of peace.
Enkindle in us the fire of Thy love;
sow in us Thy fear; strengthen our weakness by Thy power; bind us closely to Thee
and to each other in one firm bond of unity;
for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Children of quietness. Could it be that they recognized God to be the Father of quietness? I don't always appreciate God's quietness. I want Him to shout out above the roar.
Instead, He invites us to embrace opportunities to put the roar on mute so we can be quiet enough to discern His way of doing things.
My social media feed is on mute right now. I'm putting a few other things on mute as well. Because none of that noise matters if it keeps us from paying attention to how He is working.
God works quietly. And this quiet God invites us to join Him in His quiet work.
That fire of God's love? Light draws attention without having to make a sound.
May you find rest in God's quietness today.
In grace and peace,