When there is so much noise… How can our children hear God? Living in a constant” state of busy,” will follow children into their adulthood, and then it becomes a battle of finding the time to be still.
Are we feeding this cycle of noise, busy schedules and the ritual of constant entertainment?
When children are little, it is the lesson of sitting still in church, at the Dr.’s office, or perhaps, even at home for reading time. When we have moved beyond the battle of wiggles and giggles during the important times of quiet, we find ourselves in the throws of training of character.
Attentiveness seems to be the theme that we bring to the table when we are working through the nitty gritty of being still and what that may look like.
I will look at people when they speak to me.
I will ask questions when I do not understand.
I will sit or stand up straight.
I will not draw attention to myself.
I will keep my eyes, ears, hands, feet, and mouth from distractions.
The motions have been set into action. Attentiveness, Church, meetings, weddings and school.
But, what happens at home? When schedules begin to conflict, and someone needs to be to at an appointment, ballet, soccer, meetings and clubs? Where has the family devotion time disappeared to, or is it a quick hit and run?
Our daughter was sent to her room for the entire day. She later told us that when she knew this was a consequence, she was rather thrilled to have a whole day of “quiet,” with reading and organizing her room. Living in a family of 12 does not afford full days of personal relaxation to any one very often. We had one rule –she could not spend her time reading her favorite and personal reading materials/books. She was to dig into the Word and spend her day in her room with minimal to do.
She later shared with us that her first few hours were rather sweet. Relaxing, quiet and non-demanding.
After this time, the minutes slowly trickled by, and she began reading through Proverbs. And on into more Scripture. She said that it was the first time in a long time that she had taken time to really and truly hear God. She had the time. She was ready to listen, and nothing else was pulling her from being in the Word. There wasn’t extra noise and distraction to keep her from hearing what God was saying to her from His Word and into her heart – for correction, inspiration and excitement.
One full day locked away from external forces , allowed her to see more of what God would want her to do, and say, and to live more fully for Him.
This – where words that her parents could have told her a million times, but, she needed to really hear them from God.
And she was able to hear Him.
What will it take for this generation to hear God?
Thoughts always turn to media, internet, and entertainment elimination, but there is also this to consider… What are we replacing these with our time?
It takes time to be quiet and hear God. Time of quiet, time with Him, and time not being chauffeured here and there.
Half of our battle in feeling the need to be busy all of the time, could be altered by our taking initiative in the generation we are raising.
How can our children hear God if we are part of the problem?
September, One September Day