"Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD." Psalm 34:11 (NKJV)
Often I find out that the time when I feel closest to God is in the bathroom. No joke. Whether I'm cleaning the toilet or taking a shower, I feel as though I can talk to Him there, and that He'll talk back. I'll turn my MP3 on with Steven Curtis Chapman or Robert Pierre, and I'll be able to praise my Father through the music.
The other week before I cleaned the bathroom, I was "planning" to have a talk with God in the bathroom. Because I felt like I needed to talk with him. When I started cleaning however I had my MP3 on and my headphones in my ear, which is normal for me. Usually I can tune out the music and listen for His voice. But this time was different. My music loud enough so that it clouded out my time with God. By the end of my cleaning I realized I hadn't talked to my King at all. It made me sad, and it made me think. This is similar to life. (Not that cleaning the bathroom isn't life)
Imagine the MP3 as things in our life. Imagine there are two kinds of music, good songs, and bad songs. The good songs are things like Church, blogging, family, eating dinner, etc. The bad songs are things like cursing, smoking, thoughts that we're not supposed to be thinking, you get the idea.
Now imagine that throughout our life we have our MP3 on, and are listening to these songs. Maybe not all the bad ones, maybe you always listen to good ones, it doesn't really matter. But if we let so many "good things" get so loud that we can't hear the One who tries to tell us what good really is. Good is Jesus. Good is listening to His words.
I'm not saying that Church and family is bad. That's not what I'm trying to get at at all! But if we get so absorbed in things that we think we need to be "close" to God, then we've got it mixed up.
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! " Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)
To be close to God, all we need to do is just listen to Him. Sit down for a moment, even if you've got a million things to do, and just listen. Listen to His words of love for you. And tell Him how much you love Him. Remember how much He loves us. That's it. It's so much more simple than I ever thought.
Don't let your music get so loud you drown out what is truly good for you.