Above the noise

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But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1

Since I’m not a coffee drinker, I make a fruit smoothie every morning for breakfast. As you can imagine, our blenders get a lot of use. In fact, we just had to purchase another blender because the old one gave out once again from all the work. The new blender is amazing. It’s sounds like a race car when you start it, but it gets the job done.

Some mornings, I love to turn on that loud blender because it drowns out all the other noise going on around me for just 45 seconds. My husband on his phone, the kids arguing about who gets to brush their teeth first, the phone ringing and the never ending questions about breakfast or the location of shoes. Yes, sometimes that 45 seconds it actually welcome.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; Isaiah 43:2-3

Although this works for brief moments in the morning, using noise to cover more noise isn’t the greatest option, but sometimes it’s the path we choose in life. We try to drown out the worries, pain, betrayal, fear and sadness of life with temporary things with busyness, shopping, denial, etc. It takes a lot to get above the noise in this world we live in and I don’t know about you but I’m interested in a permanent fix not just one that last for 45 seconds.

Our permanent fix is God. We are not capable of handling life’s pain, worries, obstacles and sadness without His strength, His courage, His love and His power. I read once that “His voice is for the ear of love, and love is intent upon hearing even the faintest whispers.” He offers a place above the noise where we can rest in His word and His promises. Meet Him in the pages of His spoken, living word. He is waiting for you to join Him there.

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1

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