Away from the noise

My favorite song changes about as often as the days of the week. There is one song, though, that could be my theme song. Written and recorded by Israel Houghton, it begins with these words: “Away, away from the noise…”

Admittedly, I do have a problem with noise.

If I’m trying to concentrate on something, others talking in the same room distracts me. The noise of 24-hour news networks makes me a nervous wreck! And I don’t like crowds. To me, it’s all noise.

Are you bothered by noise?

Walking into a room full of people can cause me near panic. When we’re going to an event together, I’ll often say to my husband, “Do not leave me when we get inside.” He tries to stay close, but it never works out because he has no trouble mingling with every last person in the room.

And I hate traffic.

When behind the wheel of the car, I’ll go out of my way to find a route around the traffic (the noise). This drives the hubs crazy, by the way. He simply cannot understand why I’d willingly choose a route that takes thirty seconds (or thirty minutes) longer to avoid noise.

It’s true my issue with noise is mostly due to my personality. I won’t apologize for the way I am, but I have tried to learn to adapt to things that make me uncomfortable or are challenging – including noise. As they say, it’s part of growing up. Maybe I’ll get there one day.

In the meantime, I’ll look for opportunities to escape and regroup.

One of my favorite bloggers tells her readers, “Come on in out of the noise.” Of course, I love this. Life is full of noise. Everyone and everything clamors loudly for our attention.

Sometimes we just need to get away.

Sometimes we need to get away from the noise of this world. How is that possible? Find out what I do and how you can, too.The beginning of a new year is the perfect time for this. Unfortunately, January is not necessarily the best time to physically get away. Most of us are returning to the normal routine following the holiday break – work schedules, ministry obligations, school and sports activities.

Whatever it is that beckons you back to the noise, you can still get away. If we start to view our quiet time with God as getting away from the noise, rest and refreshing will be sure to follow. Even a short fifteen minutes in His presence becomes the reprieve we need.

This brings me back to the lyrics of the song. Music has been a huge part of my life. It’s hard to limit myself to favorites, but this is one of them…

“Away, away from the noise, alone with You.
Away, away to hear Your voice, and meet with You.
Nothing else matters. My one desire is…
To worship You, I live. To worship You, I live. I live to worship You.”

Need to step away?

If the noise is getting to you – kids, work, deadlines, unpaid bills – maybe it’s time. Whatever it is that’s noise to you today, why not take a few moments away from it all. We were created to worship Him. In fact, it is what we, as His creation, crave more than anything else.

So, breath a prayer, listen to an encouraging song, read the scriptures, take a walk, enjoy the beauty of His creation – and find your center in Jesus Christ…

“Away, away from the noise…”

Listen to the song To Worship You, I Live by Israel Houghton and New Breed.

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In his semi-final performance, The Voice contestant Christian Cuevas delivered this version of To Worship You, I Live. People are still talking about it!

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2 thoughts on “Away from the noise

  1. I love Christian Cuevas’ rendition of To Worship You I Live!

    I’m like you. Noise bothers me, and I will go to great lengths to avoid it!

    • That was such an amazing performance the night he sang it in front of millions! I cried. Jerralea, I wish I’d known years ago what I know now – that I’m one of those people who craves and needs times of quiet and solitude to refuel.

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