Only a keyboard, guitar, and sometimes bass guitar. Just the sound of clear voices and lilting melodies, an evening well spent. I wish there were more like that. I enjoyed the concert by Audrey Assad and JJ Heller (and her husband) so much and one of the biggest reasons was the simplicity and the quiet. No giant stadium with thousands of people, but a church sanctuary with 200-300. No electric guitars or drums or booming sound that makes your heart pound, but personal songs easily heard and understood.
I have nothing against loud music, being a big fan of that myself sometimes, but more and more my heart yearns for quietness. It seems as I grow older I long for it more and more. I wonder why? I refuse to believe it’s because I’m not hip or cool anymore. I don’t think it’s because I have narrow opinions or are old-fashioned. I think it’s because the longer I live life amidst the clamoring of the world, the more I crave getting away, a reprieve, moments when there is nothing blaring at me and wI can think. Sometimes, it’s because I’m tired. When I’m tired I don’t want noise, I want stillness and solitude.
Jesus often went away by himself to pray and I’m sure to collect His thoughts, to process things that were happening and were going to happen, and to stay near God, his Father. When I hear God’s voice whispering to me to come away and be quiet and I don’t do it, an agitated restlessness starts taking over. If I try to soothe that agitation with other things, people, or activities it doesn’t work. For some reason I just can’t give myself permission to stop “doing things” and rest. That is a problem I need to let Jesus help me solve because it takes its toll.
Today I don’t feel well and I think it’s one of God’s ways of stopping me and forcing me to just be still and enjoy quiet. Last night was the perfect head start.
The sun is shining outside and I hear one of my porch chairs calling my name. I think I’ll take a book, in case I want to read, but mostly I think I’ll sit, soak in warm sunlight and stare out into the green grassy yard. Thank you, Jesus, for quiet. You’re going to sit with me, too, right?
Only in returning to me
and resting in me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength. Isaiah 30:15 NLT
It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late,
and work your worried fingers to the bone.
Don’t you know he enjoys
giving rest to those he loves? Psalm 127:2-3 The Message