We live in a noisy world. There are so many things that vie for our attention and time. From media to work, our lives are full of so much noise. I recently finished reading a fantasy book series. It was very well written and it provided a great alternative to consuming electronic media. However, I read over 2,200 pages of literature in about five weeks. My head was so full of information. I had the themes, emotional undertones, writing style and characters all echoing through my head during and following the weeks of my binge reading. It was a fitting example of what goes into our minds, in a way, echoes throughout.
Last year I visited the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal for Thanksgiving Week. The other visitors and I lived the life of the CFR’s: five hours of prayer a day. This included the office of readings, mass, holy hour, rosary and personal prayer time. During that week the noise of the world was taken away for me and I truly had time to pray and reflect. During that week the noise of the world echoing in my head faded. I found myself more calm and willing to listen to God in the silence of his voice and touch. One of the CFR’s told me that it literally took him years for the noise of the world to stop echoing in his head, and for him to truly be in a place where he could contemplate our Lord from a place of rest.
What goes into our minds echoes.
Given this truth, we have a wonderful opportunity to draw closer to God. Through personal prayer, through scripture, through the Mass, and through other forms of reverence and prayer we have the blessing to let the truths of God echo through our minds and hearts. Ever had a song stuck in your head? Let it be a song of praise instead. Ever thought about what someone said? Let what was said be the word of God from scripture.
The truth is too many of us have anxiety. Too many of us are stressed out. These are not fruits of the Spirit of God. In scripture, St. Paul writes:
“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything through prayer and thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4: 6-7
God comes to us with a message of peace; a message of joy. We can only receive these things if we are listening. Do not contribute to the noise…slow down and let God speak to you.
Noise is a lousy cover-up for restlessness. It’s a lousy patch. We use the noise in our lives to cover what we do not want to face: our own brokenness and our own sin. Remember what I’m about to share with you. Remember it! Write it on your forehead and stare at yourself in the mirror!
Restlessness will follow us if it is in our hearts.
Make time for God and He will heal your restlessness. Lean on Him and He will support you through anything this world could throw at you. Turn your hearts and minds to Him and His goodness will echo within YOU. For “the Lord is the everlasting God. The creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to Him who has no might He increases strength.” – Isaiah 40: 28-29