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!!