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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Huh? (01/21/10)

TITLE: "No More Noise...Only God!"
By Susan Gurney
01/27/10


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“God wants us to have quiet times when He can be heard. He wants to have communion with us--conversation with us. He wants us to listen to Him, as well as speak to Him in prayer. --I wonder how many times He has had to shout at us, only to have us say ‘Huh?’ as we immediately turn away to finish listening to the football game on television!”

A few nervous giggles rippled across the sanctuary of Village Community Church, as Pastor Rogers cleared his throat to make his closing point.

“This week as we seek to draw closer to God, let us deliberately shut out the noise and listen to Him. I know my family and I have a problem in this area, so this week the Rogers family pledges ‘no more noise...only God’. For us this will mean only essential, brief phone conversations, no TV, no radio, no cell phones, no computers, no music, no video games—no electronic noise of any kind for one week. If anyone wants to join us in this week-long experiment, come forward and we will have a prayer of dedication. Next week those who wish may share their stories of hearing God.”

Thirteen year old Becky Rogers and sixteen year old John Rogers gave each other a look of shocked horror as their mother, Rachel, tugged them both to their feet to shuffle to the front of the sanctuary with a few other families for the dedication. Rachel had her own reasons to be less than enthusiastic about her husband’s “experiment”. For one, she was the moderator of a very busy Christian women’s online forum. Why hadn’t he warned them of this? How would they ever be able to keep this pledge?

“Daddy, do we really have to stop using all electronics for a whole week?” whined Becky on the drive home. “You really should have asked us first!”

“Well, Honey,” Pastor Rogers explained, “I couldn’t very well ask the other families to do something my own family wasn’t willing to do, could I? Besides it’s only for a week…with God’s help, we can all easily do it—right Rachel?”

“Huh? Oh, right, Darling. I didn’t hear you…I guess I was deep in my thoughts.”

“And, John, you won’t have any problem doing it, will you? …John?”

Becky shoved an elbow into John’s side and shouted, “Hey, John, take out the earphones, Dad is talking to you!”

“Huh? What, Dad? I didn’t hear you. I guess my music was a little loud. This new Christian rock song is awesome! You ought to hear it… Oh, that’s right. We’re not to listen to music anymore, are we?”

“You only have to stop listening to it for a week—not forever. –And I think we will officially start the experiment after we get home…”

“Oh, that’s good,” said John as he replaced his earphones, “I can finish this song.”

“Daddy?”

“Yes, Becky.”

“Does this mean I can’t text? Texting is quiet. Please, Daddy, I’ve got to be able to text! My friends are depending on me!! If I can’t text them, they will be so lost…and I’ll be so lost! Please, Daddy!!”

His shoulders slumped as he caught a glimpse his daughter in the back, chin quivering as she struggled with tears. “Becky, I guess you can go ahead and text this week. But cut back a little. Besides, you and your friends should be depending more on God and a little less on each other.”

“Oh, thank you, Daddy! I’m going to text Kayla right now!”

“Hmmm.”

“Huh? Did you say something, Rachel?” Pastor Rogers glanced at his wife. Did she seem a bit stiff…or was that just his imagination?

“I was thinking… I’ll tell you what I was thinking!” exploded Rachel. “If Becky gets to text, then I should get to spend time online. I have to be able to moderate the women’s forum!”

“OK! Truce! I think I’m getting the picture,” said Pastor Rogers as he swung the car into their drive, “I should have made the ‘no more noise...only God’ pledge apply only to me, right? OK, Family, no more pledge! I’m going to go spend some time meditating in my study. Please don’t disturb me!”

Pastor Rogers sat at his desk, thoughts whirling. Maybe if he just turned on the TV. Ah, yes, a football game...

“Rogers! Rogers!!” shouted a voice.

“Huh? --Well, hmmm... I wonder who is going to win this game?”


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Lollie Hofer 01/30/10
Ah, easier said than done. Great story! Our church/church school use to have a media fast during the month of October. It was optional but many families participated. It had a great spiritual impact on our church and church school. Thanks for sharing and bringing back some memories for me.
Rachel Rudd01/31/10
I really liked this story because I realize how much media takes the place of time we could spend with Him. I'm not very good at it, but thanks for sharing this very interesting pice. I think the ending was especially well-written. :)
Gregory Kane01/31/10
I guess the pastor should have known better than to have a TV in his study. A great message that we need to hear.
Where I live we have regular power outages with the cell phone network also up and down. So we get plenty of practice in living without the radio, tv, internet etc. But it IS nice when they come back!
Beth LaBuff 02/02/10
The task was "easier said than done." Great story of "what if..." but you've got me thinking... Thanks!
Celeste Ammirata02/02/10
Great story. What happier people we would be if we turned down the noise and actively listened to God's words.
Kate Oliver Webb02/02/10
Wow--that kinda hits right where we live, doesn't it? Well-told, honest presentation of a modern conundrum: we are in the world, but not of the world.
Loren T. Lowery02/03/10
Your opening paragraph is so spot on in its message and the conclusion with all the distractions and excuses could not be more real. Very effective and all so true.
Carol Slider 02/03/10
Good food for thought! Resolutions often don't hold up in the real world, even if intentions are good (and it would be VERY hard to give up the computer!). Thanks for this.
Sarah Elisabeth 02/04/10
Congrats on placing Susan!