Every day each one of us are faced with the noise of the day. That noise has many faces. For some, it’s the hectic schedule that you hold, and for others it might be the exhaustive drain that your little children place on you.
How is one to commune with God in the midst of such chaos? Let’s assume for a moment, that you already make time to spend exclusively with the Father each day. How, in the midst of the 20 chaotic things that you are expected to manage each day, ranging from crying babies, to difficult work associates, to unforeseen emergencies, are you to stay in communion with God? I think at this point, it’s important to define what communion with God looks like.
Fellowship with God in the Midst of the Noise
Communion with God is fellowship with God. It’s sharing with God. It involves both talking and listening. It’s being in his presence. Though spending time with God can mean that you designate a specific time-slot with him during your day, that certainly should not be the model. Yes, Jesus did go off to a “desolate place” to spend time with the Father (Mark 1:35), but that was not the only time that he communed with the Father. It’s knowing that God is with you in the here and now. Jesus knew that. As evidence, Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing” (John 5:19-20 emphasis mine). Notice the words, “doing” and “shows”. This happens in real-time. He knew that the Father was with him at all times.
At the end of the book of Matthew, just before Jesus departed for the Father, his last words to us were, “I am with you always, to the end of the age”. He said this to encourage his disciples and to remind them that he was not going to leave them alone. You must understand that he is with you right now, this very moment. Be cognizant of his presence. He’s more than an appointment you keep. Recognize that he is with you right now. Share with him throughout each day, being sure to listen more than you speak. Massage this thought into your soul and your thinking will change, and when your thinking changes, your behavior will follow. You will find yourself hearing him in spite of the white noise you encounter each day.