Saturday Karen and I drove over to Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in SW Lousiana. Nature preserves are a great way to get away from it all for a while. When we got out of the car, my first remark was “Wow! Its so quiet!”
Do you ever realize how hard it is to be somewhere where there is no noise? Our new house is back in a neighborhood off of HWY 87 just north of I10. You’d think it would be quiet, but its not. Well before sunrise, you constantly hear the sounds of traffic, the world waking up to another busy day. And that goes on all day and into the evening. I haven’t been out at 3am to see if its quiet then. Maybe it is.
There is sound everywhere. Sounds that we make. Cars, trains, phones, TVs, machines and more are all around us. That’s why opening the car door and hearing nothing was noticed immediately. There is refreshment in silence, hearing nothing but a quiet breeze, the joyful chirp of a nearby bird or the occasional squawk of a duck hiding in the the reeds. I love hearing only the sounds of God’s creation. I just wish I didn’t have to go to such an effort to hear them!
Our lives are filled with noise, much of which we bring on ourselves. Find a way to get away from the noise and enjoy some peace and quiet. Even David admonishes us to be still. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…” Psalm 37:7
My daughter posted this quote on her Facebook status a couple of weeks ago:
“The idea that the service to God should have only to do with a church altar, singing, reading, sacrifice, and the like is without doubt but the worst trick of the devil. How could the devil have led us more effectively astray than by the narrow conception that service to God takes place only in a church and by the works done therein…”
I was in wholehearted agreement. We do tend to equate worship with what we do in church. I’m guilty myself. But what blew me away about the quote was the author and the date. Do you know who said this? Its attributed to Martin Luther! That’s the Martin Luther who’s the father of the protestant reformation. He’s the leader who dared challenge the Catholic church, nailing 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenburg, Germany on the eve of All Saints Day, October 31st, 1517. It sounded to me like a quote from one of our modern church personalities.
Romans 12:1 should be all we need as reference to know that the first act of worship is to be a living sacrifice to God. If every Christian lived as if everything was done in service to God, maybe we wouldn’t have so much debate on what’s done in the service on Sunday morning. We’d be so ready to gather and celebrate what God has done that the “who” of worship would consume our hearts and minds and not the “how.”
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
Colossians 3:23-24 ESV