Static, the constant hum in the ears of our everyday life, infamous background noise… we can’t live without it. We are people that cannot stand silence. It is dull, intimidating and rather awkward. We can’t function without that background noise, headphones in our ears or talking to avoid the awkward silence. We can’t even fall asleep at night without drowning out the silence of the room or the chaos of our thoughts. Companies make money off of us by making machines to “condition the sound”, or create a “white noise” to drown out or cover unwanted sound. Noise becomes stacked, not into harmony, but static. Have you ever made a conscious effort to be in tune to the sounds around you? Yes, I am suggesting sitting in silence, which can be merely impossible at times. There is always something, the hum of a refrigerator, singing birds, the lawn mower a block away, or the buzz of everything that needs to get done in your head. Sitting in silence or, being aware of the sounds around you and trying to pick out each individual sound can be amazing. You would be surprised at what can be heard if you allow yourself to simply hear. Do you remember ever being scared, maybe in a new place and hearing all kinds of noises…such as the creaking floor? We suddenly become aware of every possible sound in such a situation. We try and listen for something so bad that we hear what is not even there. In reality, these sounds are always there and over time, we become accustomed to them – they blend in with everything else and add to the stack.
When we get consumed in all of this static, the static of life, it becomes hard to hear God – maybe impossible. We need something loud and definite to get our attention, but what if God speaks in a small whisper? Much like when the Lord appeared to Elijah.