Just So Much Background Noise

Do you ever marvel how fast the unthinkable, which the daily headlines report, quickly becomes just so much background noise that swirls around us? 

Whew —in those moments when  all it seems I hear is a dull roar,  I am glad I read through Kings and Chronicles more than once, and the Prophets — minor and major. 

They remind me Someone so much better and smarter than I am has got these times — cycles — in hand; knows how to pull out of today’s tailspins —and level out the path before us. (Isaiah 41:13 ) 

Living through Tailspins

Isaiah seems like an old friend, telling me to get a grip, like when  I read Isaiah 30, especially verses15 & 18:

This is what the Sovereign Lord,
the Holy One of Israel, says:
“Only in returning to me
and resting in me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength.
But you would have none of it. . . 

. . . So the Lord must wait for you to come to him
so he can show you his love and compassion.
For the Lord is a faithful God.
Blessed are those who wait for his help.

But that doesn’t make the angst of the downward spiral of conduct and culture  disappear — even if today I am on the sidelines.

Truly, I wonder that the headline,  “Man Bites Dog,” would raise many eyebrows in the day’s news cycle. 

Rant over.

This is the day that the LORD has made . . . It’s a gift —how I unwrap it, enjoy it and share it may be the very way the Lord plans to care for those who feel abandoned and hopeless. 

Therefore, if I can’t praise Him for what’s on the day’s agenda, let me thank Him for what I am not facing. 

Thank you, Lord, for wise folks who suggested I look somewhere else other than down. Look up —look around — this is a good tonic to get over myself!

We are all needy, and we are all needed. (Ed Welch, Side by Side) 

Reducing the Background Noise Today 

As I reflect on the day I unwrapped —albeit, against tragic current events —what gifts I was given! Good gifts of peace, health, food, clothes, friends, hot water, flush toilets and chocolate. Plus,

—a grandchild wanted to visit, and brought me golden leaves; we painted and kibitzed;

living with background noise

Autumn leaves

—two friends who texted kind words;

—the white geranium lives;

living with background noise

Looks Better in NOVEMBER than it did in June!

—buds— yes plural are growing on the “clades.”

background noise

And there are three more inside the glass!

—Doug and I enjoyed another meal together — and each other’s company — and a new (to us) series, The Good Karma Hospital; which got me thinking of Amy Carmichael —and Lilas Trotter, who wrote

“Exhaust the human possibilities of a situation and then trust God to do what is humanly impossible.” December 1900. 

I guess that includes each day’s plans in these crazy uncertain times and the background noise they generate. 


Psalm 118


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