My father adored music! It wasn’t his profession, but he truly lived and breathed music. He loved choral, band, and orchestral pieces, but especially the horns—and his favorite was the French horn. As a child I often would wander into his study, where I would find him mesmerized as symphonic sounds poured forth from the speakers of our stereo. After a while he would turn to me and say, “Sandy, do you hear the French horn!” I would nod, straining to pick out the French horn from all the other instruments, but I really couldn’t tell the difference between the French horn and the other horns.
One evening, my Father realized I couldn’t discern a French horn from a cornet or an oboe, so he began to play some simple French horn solos for me. He instructed me, “Sit here quietly. Be very still and listen.” After the first few notes of Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony Horn Solo, I jumped up and said, “Okay, now I know what it sounds like,” and began to walk out the door. My father stopped me, “You only heard some notes, but to know the French horn you need to be still and sit with it for a while.” He pulled out a chair and instructed me very slowly, “Now sit very quietly and listen with more than your ears.” I thought, Sit still? Listen with more than my ears? Strange words to a young child! But after a few sessions of sitting quietly, my heart was soon tuned to the sound and personality of the French horn, and it became easier to pick out the French horn during a full orchestral piece of music. But the most important lesson I learned was, if I can be very still, I truly can hear with more than my ears.
The short verse from Psalm 46:10 (ESV), “Be still and know that I am God,” is a breath prayer for me. Like many of you, my days are busy and sometimes too busy, and I find myself being pulled in too many directions. We can become so distracted trying to determine what we should do for the day or week or month that we don’t hear our God, and we forget who we are and whose we are. Or we become so bogged down with worry and fear and uncertainty that we don’t hear Him speaking through the cacophony and stuff of this life. We forget to be still and listen with more than our ears. We forget to be still and know that He is God.
Just as I did as a child, I need to ask my Father God for some solo time with Him. Because when I take time to be quiet, listen to Him, meditate on His word, my heart syncs in tune with Him, and it is easier for me to hear His voice through the noise and diversions of this life.
Be still – and remember in whose Image you have been created. Our Lord calls out to you, he sings to you, he speaks to you, he whispers to you from above, from within, from without. He blows the wind of the Holy Spirit over you. These are the songs of God’s love and strength and life itself.
I love this verse from Zephaniah: “The Lord your God is in your midst, he is mighty to save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; and he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zeph 3:17 (ESV)
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