Ok, I was going to write about noise. My life is filled with noise! Noise which, at the end of the day, I am eternally grateful for because it means that I have a house filled with children, electricity that allows us to watch fun videos, a radio or phone that plays music to have dance parties to and appliances that make life so much simpler. However, after a day FULL of noises…I really don’t want to think about it any more! You understand, right? So, now’s the beginning of “the whisper hour” in our house. (A new thing I’m trying out as we’re settling into the last hour before bedtime.)
So, instead, let’s talk about silence. Aaah sweet, sweet silence! (Unless you have toddlers, then it only means something very mischievous is going down…) I know God created us to be communicators. To fellowship with one another, to join together in praise and worship and to draw from one another the lessons that have been learned and to help those in need. However, I can’t help but think that maybe the true hermits among us really had the best opportunities to appreciate God’s creation and commune with Him without distraction and without the outside influence of social media, movies, magazines, billboards, junk mail, etc. Most people I see posting about “dream getaways” are usually dreaming of some cabin plopped down in the middle of nothing but miles and miles of nature between them and nearest gas station. We all long for the feel of peace and quiet and nothing but God’s country surrounding us. That sounds nice…until I think about all of the bears out there…
I heard recently in a news blip that the last true hermit was forced to come out of hermit-hood (sounded like a good word). What was that like for him? I’m assuming it was a him, because most women would go nuts without someone to talk to! Did he spend his days alone talking with God? Did he have a relationship with him at all? How is he holding up now with all of the modern day noise that surrounds us everywhere we go? I wonder what he did first. Why do we look down on hermits and their choice of living separate from the rest of the world when we all long for moments or weekends of solitude? I believe it’s because, believer or not, we are all born of God’s creation and of His will for us, whether we have accepted His will or not.
There were many hermits in the bible. Some people would use this simple fact as an argument to support their choice. However, if they went on to study the lives of these hermits, they would find that God was greatly displeased with them. No one who choses to seclude themselves because of their lack of patience for people and their problems or ways of thinking could ever be an asset to God’s wishes. A true hermit could never spread the good news and the fruits of the spirit. The only sort of “hermit” that God wishes us to be (and I use the term hermit loosely here) are the ones who are living amongst non-believers and yet still follow Jesus and do as God wishes. They are to be the lone servants of the Lord, if you will. The believer married to the non-believer who still holds fast to his/her beliefs and is a testimony to their salvation. The teacher in school who refuses to teach children immoral and unbiblical teachings. The politician or athlete who fights to keep Christ and God at the front of all decisions and gives Him thanks for what He has allowed them to do. These are the “hermits” or “lone wolves” that God is pleased with. They are still living amongst us, fighting satan’s attacks every day and may at times feel very much alone in a crowded room, except for the presence of the Holy Spirit guiding them.
Let me put it this way….I just spent about 30 minutes in the bedroom with my son. He’s 4, he has a crazy imagination and he stutters when he gets excited or just has an overload of things going through his head. Each night, as I tell him good night and tuck him in, as I’m leaving the bedroom and slowly inching the door closed behind me, he is throwing one question at me after another. With the stutter it gets a bit frustrating because it prolongs the amount of time it takes for him to get a thought out. Well tonight was no exception. Only tonight it was all about fears of his. Completely ridiculous and unfounded fears, but very real to him at the moment. He was afraid of “hot lava monster crab octopuses” (his words, not mine) coming into his room, or his beloved Mr. Bear turning into a hot lava monster crab octopus during the night. I tried over and over to convince him that God didn’t make monsters, they’re not real, it was all in his imagination and maybe we should take a break from watching Ghost Busters for a while. Well, none of that helped. So, I asked him, “Buddy. Do you want to pray with me to ask God to keep us safe and to keep the monsters away?” He enthusiastically said yes and so we prayed. Together we thanked God for the great day we had, for the time we got to spend with friends and for the rain to make the grass grow. We asked him to keep us safe and to give us sweet dreams and to help us trust that He will never send monsters to scare us. His prayer was a bit longer (again, the stuttering), not because he only went on and on about the monsters, but he also had a lot of praise to send to God. As I sat there, ever so patiently, waiting for him to finish and fighting the urge to hurry him along (sometimes I do because sometimes his prayers just get silly…you know boys), I was being reminded that these were legit fears to him and he needed me there to be a witness to what he was battling with. He needed me to be there to help him pray FOR him and WITH him. Someone who secludes themselves from everything and everyone will never have that and that is the complete opposite of what God wants for us!
My son also asked if we could go to heaven together. I of course said yes! All he has to do is believe in Jesus and let him be his best friend (again, he’s 4 and Jesus is a relatively new friend to him). What if I was the only one he had to show him what following Christ looked like? Thankfully I’m not, but what if? What if I were the “hermit” in the crowd? I would be placed here to show this sweet boy who Jesus is and who God is, so that one day he may come to know and love Him as much as I do and we WILL be in heaven together one day. THAT is what God wants! If I have to walk alone in a crowd with the chance that even one person will be influenced and changed because of what they see in me….that, I think, would make God happy.
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