[For the months of November and December, I will be posting once a week on Tuesdays.]
I didn’t post anything last week because I decided that I wouldn’t speak up until I quieted down.
I started a new job last week. It’s a good opportunity to take on expanded responsibilities working with a larger team. It’s a nice change, but I’ll be working some additional hours. And I know that every additional hour I give to my occupational endeavors will have to be subtracted from something else. So I had to do some reassessing in order to make sure I was giving priority to my primary relationships.
When things get busy, my heart sometimes gets noisy and my spirit often becomes restless.
I read that in days of old when a ship’s captain wanted to clear the decks of his crew’s commotion, he would have the boatswain take his whistle and “pipe them down” into the hull.
My thoughts are like crew members aboard the vessel of my spirit, and they tend to make a lot of racket. Sometimes, they’re occupied with tasks that are necessary in running a tight ship. But those necessary occupations can quickly become preoccupations. Before I know it, the crew’s busyness builds into a noisy distraction, and I have to send the disturbance below deck.
I have to pipe down, so that I can wake up to the Presence of God.
On occasion my crew gets into the rum of anxiety and becomes disorderly and unruly. Draining the rum barrel, these shipmates suffer fearful hallucinations rendering them incapable of performing their duties or even listening to reason. There’s nothing left to do but clear the decks.
I’ve got to pipe down, so that I can listen up for the sound of God’s voice.
The breath of the Spirit is the wind that fills our sails, and the movement of the Spirit is the current that carries our vessels along. But the Spirit not only breathes and moves, He speaks—softly, quietly, in a whisper. And if we are to hear Him, we have to be still. We have to be quiet. We have to pipe down.
So, for the next couple of months, I plan to speak less and listen more. Because it’s only by listening that I have anything worthwhile to say.