There's something about snow that has always made me slow down for a moment to take in the beauty of it all. Snow has the unusual ability to bring extreme quiet with it: a quiet that makes you remember that the world doesn't revolve around you, a quiet that brings a yearning for simplicity and more of that same quiet. What has made us immune to silence? To quiet? To no plans, no agenda, and no to do list? Why is it that I find the need to turn on the TV just for the noise and I don't like to drive without the radio? That I somewhat enjoy the frantic thoughts of figuring out how to get it all done? Why do I choose to fill my world with useless noise?
Sometimes I worry that I might miss God's voice because of the amount of noise in my life while I'm running from one task to another, constantly thinking about how to get more done with less time. God didn't wire us to live this way. God wired us to need rest so that we would have a daily reminder that we aren't really in control; He wired us to need the quiet and simplicity of a few moments with Him so that we could truly rest by being content in Him and needing nothing else.
I don't know about you, but sometimes I forget to rest. I forget that God's presence is enough for me. I forget that my value is not found in tasks, noise, and chaos. My value is found in the unchanging God of the Universe, who sees my life with self-inflicted busyness and noise as worthy of His love and grace. It is found in the God who speaks, if ever so quietly, into our noise and calls us to the quiet rest and simplicity of a life that seeks to only please Him.
Don't get me wrong. Sometimes, we go through seasons of life where there is very little time for silence and simplicity. I think about you new moms and I'm sure you rarely sit down or hear the beauty of silence. I also don't think that God is asking us to never listen to the radio, sell our TVs, or sit at home, choosing to never engage with our community because we are seeking silence. God has not asked us to be hermits. In fact, He has commanded quite the opposite. I do think God is calling me to a life of choosing to be quiet at times so that I can hear Him more clearly. I do think He is asking me to determine if I'm truly content with Him alone, and to live my life simply, or with one purpose: to follow Him, no matter the cost.
I'm looking for quiet and simplicity, and I want to know where you have found it. I'm sure that it looks very different in each of your lives. How do you find quiet in your day to spend praying and reading the Word? Have you sought to simplify your life? How? What do these concepts look like for you?