I look at my watch. 5:23am.
The dog has to pee. So I climb out of bed and stumble to the back door. Instead of trying to coax him out like I usually do, I decide to go out with him.
I look up at the sky, still dark. It takes a moment for my eyes to adjust. I realize I’m looking up at the moon, and a star, overhead. Probably a planet, I think.
And then I hear it.
Nothing. Or just about. There’s the distant chirps of crickets. The slight hum of wind in my ears. But mostly, it’s the sound of silence.
No beeps or ringtones. No traffic or dogs howling. No distant laughter.
No arguments or small talk. No spam. No memes. No Netflix.
No politics, no announcers, no commentary. No soundbites.
It is unexpectedly wondrous, there at the beginning of a new day, to pause and reflect on a quiet world. God’s creation, mostly muted. I wonder if this is what it was like at 5:23am on the 6th day, before God made the noisy land animals. Before God made us.
Most days, especially lately, the world is too loud for me. Humanity makes too much noise. Puts too many opinions out into the ether. Falls into camps and dukes it out on the nightly news. Most days, especially lately, I’m just weary of it all.
I look down at my dog, Tom Petty. He’s ready to go back inside for another hour of sleep. He seems unaffected by the vast quiet around him. He’ll be back to barking when the sun has risen.
As for me, I rediscover something I thought was gone from the world forever. Silence. It is the most precious moment of my week, so far.
In this Nothing, is Something. Beneath it all, God is here, a divine finger pressed against God’s lips. Shhhh.
I am reborn. Recreated.
I look at my watch.
Have a great week,