Today was an opportunity to deepen community and connect with a group of women in a different setting; my home. This group meets weekly at our church down in the “dungeon” of the church’s basement where the “Student Ministries” meet. Rather bleak visually. But the upside of that is there is not a lot to distract me from the women: two rectangle tables and the chairs we need for our group. Not much on the walls to look at, not much clutter in the room itself. So the point of our gathering is to discuss what we’ve studied in the past week.
Today’s gathering was a bit more open and social. It was nice to hear from the women about interests and experiences. At one point one of them asked a question for each of us: “What do you collect?”
Now this was a great question to learn about each other. What do we find value in? What is cute?
How does this relate to this week of Lent for me?
I have been pondering what keeps me from experiencing solitude. This morning my little book asked me to consider this question: “What is the greatest source of “noise” in your life?” I realized between the topic of what do I collect and what is the greatest source of noise (think distraction) the answer came in the prayer in Mornings with Tozer
“Dear Lord, Help me make the transition from wanting more and more “things” to being satisfied–and overjoyed–with only Your presence in my life.”
My stuff is the greatest source of “noise”. Cleaning, organizing, maintaining, decluttering, yada, yada, yada.
The things of my life distract me from enjoying just being. Just peacefully being with God.
My life is too noisy. It’s time to do some purging!