Hell is very, very noisy
At least, that is what C.S. Lewis states in his book, The Screwtape Letters. Mr. Lewis describes Satan as one who detests music and silence and whose goal is to make thewhole universe a noise.
Julia Baird in her Newsweek article "The Devil Loves Cell Phones" adresses an issue we all struggle with. Silence. Whether it is music playing in the car, iPod, or via Muzak or the tendency to have the TV as white noise - we are daily emmersed in noise.
This past week I have been hunting. Which entails sitting still in the woods for hours on end. It has been during those times that I have had time to think, evaluate, pray and reflect on life. I have seen nature flow before me, I have seen shadows move and stars shift in their heavenly positions. It was for the most part - a worshipful experience.
Time at first crawled by minute by minute. However, after several days of hunting and sitting, time started going by fast and I eventually was surprised that an hour had passed by without once looking at the time.
After hunting and reading this article, I have decided that for the next few weeks I am going to keep the car radio off and look for opportunities to say no to filling my life with noise. I'll keep you updated on my progress in grabbing nuggets of silence.