“Listen” Tuning Pt. 1 (October 8, 2017)
When you go to see a symphony orchestra performance, musicians file on stage, take their seats and warm up – and a sort of chaotic noise ensues. Then, the principal violinist comes on stage, and after a moment of silence –she takes a breath, and signals the tuning pitch. In other words, after the noisy chaos and before the music can begin, there is a sacred moment of alignment, also known as tuning.
As we prepare for the music performance that is our daily lives, I like to spend the next four weeks focusing on the sacred and meditative moment of tuning to the pitch of God. And this first week we will talk about the first step in tuning: To be still. To LISTEN.
Any musician here can attest to this – there is nothing more frustrating than when there are too many distracting noises when you’re trying to tune your instrument. Because clarity of the tuning pitch comes in the silence.
1 Kings 19:11-18 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
11 He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” 15 Then the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. 16 Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. 17 Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall kill; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall kill. 18 Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”