When we ask each other how our lives are, what are the most common responses? Many rely on the well-used “everything has been hectic.” Recently, “it’s been crazy” has gained popularity. Could the Freudian connection to “insanity” be any more telling?
Sometimes events can be truly out of control and beyond much influence from us. But for this condition to be so widespread, it indicates a shift in our priorities instead of just our lots in life. Jesus doesn’t ask us to be hectic or crazy, but to love others as he loves us.1,2
If we remember that God sometimes speaks in a whisper,3 perhaps we will make the effort to separate ourselves from the noise of the world which distracts us from Him. C.S. Lewis wrote about a senior devil who was mentoring his nephew in the book, “The Screwtape Letters”who said:
“We will make the whole universe a noise…We have already made great strides in this direction as regards the Earth. The melodies and silences of Heaven will be shouted down in the end.”4
That noise can be literal noise such as constantly being plugged into music, endless activities and social media. Or it can come from allowing the multitude of anxiety-causing dramatics of “news” programs to frighten us.
Fear is not from God, but from the Father of Lies. We should remind ourselves and encourage each other to focus on strengthening our faith in Him, the one who is truly in control of everything. In that way, we are less likely to hide behind unnecessarily busy schedules which prevent us from having life-giving peace in our lives.
1 – “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13: 34-35) ) from “The New Catholic Answer Bible,” Fireside Catholic Publishing; Wichita, KS, 2005.
2 – “Without love, everything is painful, everything is tiring, everything is burdensome.” From “I believe in Love: A personal Retreat Based on the Teaching of St. Therese of Lisieux,” by Jean C. J. d’Elbee, M.Teichert, M.Stebbins, http://amzn.to/29PvmaR
3 – “After the earthquake there was fire, — but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, ‘Elijah, why are you here?’ (1 Kings 19: 12-13) from “The New Catholic Answer Bible,” Fireside Catholic Publishing; Wichita, KS, 2005.
4 – From “Baird: Why We Need Silence (Not Cell phones),” by Julia Baird, http://www.newsweek.com/baird-why-we-need-silence-not-cell-phones-81149, 10/21/2009.