In the Silence, Creation Sings. Are We Listening?
As the power went out twice last evening for extended periods of time, there came a realization of something rather profound. The absence of all lights, music, and fans employed for “white noise” led to something few of us experience. Complete silence. Our lives are filled with noise, both audible and mental, and we rarely stop to be still and just listen.
Even at points of perceived silence there are wondrous things to be heard. But there is something beyond simply hearing. The question is this: will we listen intently?
The windows were opened and there it was—the sound of Our Creator’s Creation, singing out to Him. The night air was permeated with the chirps, croaks, whistles, and squeaks of an innumerable and majestic symphony comprised of what most of us may call “insignificant” creations.
These creations are rarely seen, primarily due to their size and their nocturnal life. Yet each one, whether perched high upon a majestic oak tree, or huddled beneath a canopy formed from blades of grass for shelter, sang out. Each and every one was doing exactly what it was created to do. They sang—and they do so every single evening—their praises to The Creator.
Scripture tells us, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
At the same time, if one looked up, the clear sky revealed an innumerable host of sparkling stars and planets, also testifying of The Creator. The Psalmist tells us, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4).
And then came this thought: the pinnacle and grandest of all of His creation is mankind. We are the last and final, the crowning achievement of all He made. And of all of His creation, we are the ones, generally, that are not doing what we were created to do. So The Creator uses the seemingly insignificant things around us to testify of Him. Perhaps we think too highly of ourselves to stop and not merely hear, but to actually listen.
We are surrounded by the works of His Hand and, if we listen, we’ll hear that they speak of Him. He’s always calling us to Him. He’s calling us back to the beginning, back into a restored relationship with Him. And this is the redemptive plan the Scriptures speak of. While there is time, will we listen, heed the call, and yield to Him that we might glorify and honor His Name as we were created to?
May our answer be a resounding, “Yes!”