The cd player in my husband's car has been messing up lately. It's a six-disc device, and we normally have it loaded up because we grew up in the 90s and still use cds. ;-)
But, now, as we turn on the car, the only sound we get is the whir of the machine trying to read the various discs in it for a few minutes and then switching over to the radio. And let's be honest. The music on the radio just isn't as good as those cds we wanted to listen to.
The other night, I got in, started the car, and noticed the player was messing up once again (it had worked correctly for a few days before this so I had hoped it would this time as well). I couldn't figure out why the vehicle was so silent as I backed out of the driveway, and I was put out as it tried to read the disc full of worship songs I wanted.
Then, I remembered that only a few hours before, I'd been longing for a few minutes of quiet. After all, it's summer break and I have two small children. There aren't many moments in our house without some noise of some sort all day long. Yet, here I was, angry that I was having to sit for a few moments with no music to distract me.
I flipped the whole thing off and drove the rest of the way with nothing to listen to but the motor and wind.
So much of our life is taken up by noise. We're bombarded with people talking, music on the radio, birds, insects, wind, the hum of appliances, the soft blowing of the air conditioner, the click of the keys on our laptops as we type, the ding of our phones when we get an alert from one of the million apps we think we need.
But do you ever just long for quiet? For time to not be so distracted? For time to focus. On thinking. On praying. On listening to God.
Next time your radio doesn't work correctly, or even if it does, turn it off anyway. And just use those moments of driving to be silent. See if it changes your outlook for a while.
Do you sometimes long for quiet?
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