One of the things that I will share in my message this morning is that NOISE is one of the things that prevents us from hearing our God. But, what is noise? What we commonly think of is external noise. I am more closely referring to internal noise! This captures it best:
Noise isn't just the deafening sound of an airplane, a concert, or a police siren. Noise is the dishwasher, garbage disposal, vacuum cleaner, and air conditioner. Noise is the television, radio, and sound system. Noise is traffic, the office, and a restaurant. Noise is your computer, cell phone, MP3 player, the crowd around you, and the instant replay of your life looping inside your head.
Noise is you replaying your day over and over, late at night, regretting that you should have said or done something differently, agonizing over what you have to do, what you have to say, tomorrow, and whether it will be your best, or whether you can even do it. Noise is an incessant din inside your skull that rolls in on itself, dissolving into confusion and chaos.
Noise is outside you, pushing in...and noise is inside you, yelling to escape.
May God QUIET the noise around us and in us so that we may hear him.