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Topic: NOISE (05/03/18)
TITLE: My View vs God's View
By Janene Bever
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While on the subject, I have to admit, I’m not overjoyed either when a vibrating car pulls up next to me at a stoplight with boom box blaring. Well maybe boom box is an outdated word but that outrageous, ear splitting sound is coming from somewhere inside that vehicle, accompanied by a driver with a look of pure joy on his (it’s usually a he) face. I don’t know about you, but I want badly to roll down my window and yell above his obvious pleasure that it’s not having the same effect on me.
Ah, I’m now getting warmed up to the thoughts of noises in my world that annoy me. Picture this. My husband and I go out for a nice, quiet dinner after a busy, sometimes stressful day and we just get settled in our booth with our beverage of choice, smile across the table at each other welcoming an hour or so of relaxation when …… maybe you already guessed … in walks a couple with one or more children between the ages of a few months to a few years and they sit down ….. you guessed it again … right next to us. Our mood instantly changes and we are exchanging wishful glances across the table that we had stayed home and eaten leftovers or ordered a pizza.
Ever been to a movie and had a couple of people behind, or in front of, you whisper and giggle above the din of the almost deafening Dolby speakers? Need I say more?
Noise bugs me; boat noise, loud music noise, little kids noise, rude movie goers noise. It’s an intrusion into my snug little peaceful space. I grumble, I complain, I make my displeasure known (at least to God).
So, I ponder … how does God feel about noise? I’m reminded of the scripture in Psalm 98:4 that says “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.”
Hmmm, maybe He doesn’t feel the same way about noise that I do. Maybe when He hears that boat starting up He is pleased that the boat owner is going out for the day to enjoy His creation. Hey, maybe God likes loud music blaring from a boom box. Perhaps hip hop or rap is at the top of His hit parade. Christian of course.
And, little children? Jesus said in Matthew 19:14 “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
I can’t convince myself that He’s O.K. with the clueless movie buffs though.
So contemplating noise from God’s perspective, shouldn’t I at least try a new approach to my own attitude about it? But then again, there's that insomnia.
I’ll try, I’ll really try.
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