Friday, November 21, 2014

The Noise

It's hard to focus.
The diapers are in the washing machine,
the dishwasher is running. Baby sleeps.
The man outside tries to break up concrete without power tools*--
boom. boom . . . boom.

Please Lord, let the Baby sleep.

Traffic speeds by. Cars honk.
Buses beep as the stairs are lowered.
Men yell. Dogs bark. Everyday. All Day.

It's hard to focus.
The noise . . .  oh, the noise.

We've lived in this busy city for nearly 4 1/2 years. And only when I started to work from home did I realize how busy, and noisy it really was. It never stops. Often we see and hear a dozen emergency vehicles drive by before the day's end. As I sit in my warm home with my cup of cocoa, I can't quite calm down to listen to the One I want to hear, the noise is just too loud.

My devotional this morning was a perfect fit. If I stop to think about the to-do list or the things I want to do this weekend (so thankful it's Friday!), my heart starts to race a little. I need to calm down. I need to sit at Jesus' feet, even if it can only be for a moment.

Take a moment with me and contemplate this passage with me:
Martha and Mary -- Luke 10:38-42
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

*Okay, he was not really trying to break the concrete, but that is what it looked and sounded like outside my window!

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