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Every now and then I run across an article or experience something or hear a message that resonates with me. I frequently listen to NPR radio in the morning as it wakes me from a night’s slumber. I consider this such a better way to start the day versus the jarring alarm I used in the past. I recently awoke to one of their reporters that had come across a story from the area in Japan that experienced the devastating tsunami five years ago.
The narrator told of a man who longed for the conversations he had experienced with a close cousin that had been lost in the tragedy. Later the man had the idea to place an antique telephone booth at the edge of his property near the sea to seclude himself in quiet conversation with his cousin. The telephone booth provided protection from the coastal winds and the disconnected receiver became a familiar invitation to talk candidly.
Once word spread that this sanctuary had such a cathartic effect on the man, others who had lost loved ones in the tsunami approached the booth when it was not occupied. Another family had lost their loved one who was a husband, father and friend that had been driving his truck near the tsunami’s landfall when it struck with such tremendous force. His body was never recovered and there was no closure for those who knew him. They entered the booth and finally resolved their repressed feelings after a long five years in silent mourning. There is no communication line connected to the booth but these people were connected nonetheless.
That coastal phone booth is a wonderful metaphor to consider when we read Psalm 46:10 where God implores us to “be still and know that I am God.” Our creator communes with us provided we come to him and are in a quiet, open frame of mind to listen. He speaks in a variety of ways including on those ocean breezes and the never-ending heartbeat of the waves. And we have been assured that he is always with us to hear our conversations.
“Listen to the wind, it talks.
Listen to the silence, it speaks.
Listen to your heart, it knows.”
--Native American Proverb