We live in a noisy world. It’s just a fact of life. Think about it, what noises do you hear around you right now? Right now I’m sitting in my living room in the dark, but still there is noise. The air conditioner is humming. I can hear a cat digging in his litter box in the next room. A motorcycle just zoomed down my street. Even my fingers tapping on the keyboard breaks the silence. Yet considering this house if home to 5 kids and 2 adults all is quiet. Silence is something we just don’t truly understand anymore.
Some years ago we lived on a farm and about 100 yards away was an irrigation motor. It was a natural gas fueled Chevy 350 motor that ran 24/7 from June until August. The first week of irrigation season lead to sleepless nights as we all got accustomed to the low drone of the motor. I remember one night when the motor died, everyone in the house was suddenly awake by the lack of noise. By the time my dad got out to the motor to restart it, my brother and I were already at work trying to get the motor started. Afterwards as we enjoyed an early breakfast, we laughed about how we were “startled by silence.”
After watching BNN’s coverage of “The Creation;” I got to thinking, what was it like? What does nothing sound like? Can we even imagine nothing? And if we could in some way get our limited mind around that concept, can we imagine God’s voice shattering the vast nothingness and transforming it into something?
We wrap ourselves up in so much busyness, just trying to control our lives. I spent an hour today crunching numbers in the old family budget worrying about paying for things three months down the road. Even though I know God will take care of us as he always does. Sometimes we have to be reminded to turn off the noises, scale back to nothingness and let God’s voice complete our lives.
In Acts 2, we find God back in creation mode again. This time he was creating the body of believers. Acts 2:2: Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. The disciples were at a loss as to what to do, so they went and prayed. They turned off all the noises and waited for God to speak to them. And when he did, did he ever. That “noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind” can still be heard today, but are we listening for it?
Brocke Lively is a lifelong Texan from a little town called Olton.
Brocke and his wife, Lela, have 5 kids, 2 dogs, 5 cats, 2 chickens, and what seems like a revolving door of neighbor kids coming over to play. As a father, Brocke recognizes that how he lives his life, and how he worships God not only reflects on his own salvation, but ripples to how his kids worship God.
Brocke attends a small town church where he is known as an on-call substitute Sunday school teacher. He recognizes that his church family is also a large part of who he is, and who he want his kids to grow up to be; God-fearing followers of our Lord Jesus Christ.