Keep Quiet: Why musicians need a space to be silent

 And yet, “Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.” – Ecclesiastes 4:6

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” – Mark 6:31 (NLT)

Few things can throw a musician off more than unexpected silence.

When things get quiet around us, we usually assume something has gone wrong. Perhaps a cord has been unplugged, a microphone isn’t on, or a speaker has malfunctioned.  Venues and churches expect us to fill the space with music and avoid moments of awkward silence. Quiet appears to be the last thing a musician should want.

However, sometimes a little quiet is a good thing.

While musicians are usually the generators of sound and energy, our Creator puts a high value on moments of peace. While he enjoys sounds of praise, he also tells us to be still. Consider how Jesus often retired to a quiet place after performing his greatest miracles. He understood the value of escaping the noise.

When we unplug, we can hear something more valuable than notes and chords. We can hear the One that speaks to our spirit.

The noise of a music career can sometimes drown out his voice of comfort and companionship.  If we want to remain energized as artists, we have to prioritize quiet moments of reflection, rest and renewal. These moments help refresh our creativity and, more importantly, keep us in tune with the Creator himself.

Working hard is a valuable and necessary trait for us. There will always be another gig, another rehearsal, another responsibility to fulfill. The question is this; will we worship our work, or worship the One that provides us with work?   If we want to avoid being enslaved by our schedules, we must remember to put down the phone, take off the headphones, and find a quiet place where the Master Artist can work on us without distraction.

Sometimes the sweetest sounds are the ones only you and God can hear.

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