Truth and Noise 6


Recently, I read an account of Albert Einstein.  Dr. Einstein was teaching physics at Princeton University and had administered a test to his graduate students.  As he was walking across campus, his graduate assistant asked, “Dr. Einstein, isn’t this the same test you gave last year?” “Yes,” replied Einstein.  The graduate assistant couldn’t believe it.  “Dr. Einstein, how could you give the same test two years in a row?”  Albert Einstein replied, “Since last year, the answers have changed.” (Originally from Thinking Big, Brian Tracy)

The troubling question that comes to my mind is then this: If the answers change, how do we know which way is right?  How do we discern truth?

“The best way to find truth is to go to the origin of all truth and simply ask.”  Richard G. Scott

Source: “Reflections of the Psalms”(1964)

This week I found myself surrounded with distractions.  There were several things calling my attention, demanding to be taken care of.  I found myself floundering trying to discern which way I should go.  Where should I focus my attention?  What should be done first?  What should be done at all?  It became so overwhelming that mid-week I found myself exhausted, overwhelmed and irritable.

Several times this week I found myself waiting.  I felt so busy, had many things to do, but I found myself waiting for others.  Stuck.  Sitting.  Alone.

I made special arrangements to help someone.  It took some time and planning on my part, as I had to get a sitter and rearrange other important things in my schedule to do so.  As I went to help, I found myself waiting.  Sitting.  She didn’t come.  It wasn’t important. When she finally came, very late, she said, “I didn’t ask you to do this.” I found myself frustrated and angry, as in my mind, it was truly a favor; a gift.  I believed the effort was something good and helpful, but to her it wasn’t.  

During that time alone, I found myself becoming more impatient, frustrated, and even angry.  I tried to gather my thoughts, but there were too many distractions to do so effectively.  The phone. The emails.  Work.  Laundry.  Lists of to-dos.

Why is it so difficult to discern truth?  How come it becomes so hard to push out all the things of the world and hear the voice of the Spirit?

In James 1:5, we read: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” 

As I watched this video, I related so much to the distractions in the beginning.  In my own life, there is a lot of noise that distracts me from those things of true worth.  These noises aren’t necessarily inherently bad or sinful things, but they do leave me feeling anxious and unsettled.  I often feel that I have not done enough, that I am not making a difference, and I am simply treading water.  

These are the times when I need the peace the most.  

As I think about turning to God and turning off the noise in my life, I understand that is where truth lies.  That is when the answers will come.  

I just have to remind myself daily to shut off the noise.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!!

Happy Sunday!

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Wife, mother of twins, speaker, and creator of Balm to My Soul.I love to write, speak, sleep, snuggle and, if I really get lucky, inspire and help others. I am clearly imperfect but determined to be a little better every day. Some days are better than others! Thanks for stopping by!
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6 thoughts on “Truth and Noise

  • Reply
    Cathy

    Shutting out the noise in a noisey world has to be intentional but it is sooooo necessary. Thanks for the post. Great thoughts.

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Cathy, It is so hard to shut out all the noise. I have to work on it daily!! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

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    Gertrude Nonterah

    Elizabeth, this is a challenge for me too. This evening as I was wrapping up the day putting the baby to bed and doing dishes, I was actually thinking about this. How I have taken on a lot MORE than I can chew at the moment and how to stick with the original calling God gave me (which is why the devil throws us the distractions in the first place. Of course we create some of them ourselves too).

    I have found it useful to FOCUS on a thing at a time and even that can be challenging ! Thanks for sharing this post and also visiting Working Christian Mommy ! Have a blessed day.

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Gertrude, I have to figure out how to shut off my mind. It can be difficult sometimes, especially as a mommy. I think your tip to focus on one thing at a time is really significant. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing. I love to connect with other bloggers!

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    Nicole Nenninger

    Distractions keep us from living our best life–but when you’re going through them, sometimes it’s hard to know how to stay centered and focused on the things that really matter. Truth to me, focuses on love: Love yourself, love others, the Golden Rule, staying centered and coming from a loving, compassionate place…These are the things I try to remember as I go through one of life’s inevitable challenges (which are all learning opportunities in disguise).

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Nicole, That is so true. Love has greater and deeper meaning than I think we give it. We throw that word around casually, when truly it has the capacity to heal and lift in ways that we sometimes don’t even recognize. As I face challenges, I will remember this. You are so right about challenges being opportunities for growth. I know I have grown through the hard times!! Thanks for sharing. Beautiful thoughts.