God Hid My Headphones!

· The fine line between passion and idolatry ·

May 17, 2017

"From a spiritual perspective we’ve got to remember the enemy is sneaky. He may approach you with something that, in itself, is not sinful or harmful, but when given too much dominion in our lives, becomes like an idol."

If you’ve ever seen me during my commute, walking around downtown, on the bus, working at a coffee shop or what have you. If I am ever alone, I ALWAYS have my headphones on.

(Partly as a defense mechanism against creepers trying to holla) but mostly because I have a passion for music. Listening to my headphones takes me into one of my favorite worlds, that is, the world of music, rhythms, lyricism and history all together, all at one time.

On Tuesday night, I ran across a quote on Instagram that said something like this,

“If there is something that you can’t fast from, you are in bondage to it.”

I meditated on these words for a moment, and I thought about whether or not there was something in my life that I would have trouble giving up or letting go of, even temporarily. The only idea that popped into my head was, listening to my headphones, this is something that would be hard for me to let go of. The thought lasted for only a flash.

On Wednesday morning, I woke up and began to get ready for work. But I couldn’t find my headphones!

Now, I can remember this happening to me in the past; I would leave my headphones at home, realize it on the way to work and then I would actually stop at the gas station or a phone store on the way to the office just to buy a new pair of headphones because I couldn’t bear the idea of enduring the day without them.

Looking back I recognize the compulsive addictive behavior that I would’ve mislabeled as passion.

So yesterday morning, when I couldn’t find my headphones, as irritated as I was that I would be missing a crucial part of my everyday routine, I didn’t let myself get upset…after all, my life is in God’s hands…And what are the chances that I lose my headphones the morning after considering my dependence on them? Is it possible that this was a divine set up?

I changed my attitude from anxiousness and irritation to, “Okay God, show me what you want to show me.”

I rode the bus yesterday morning in calming silence. I read a book, I heard the morning conversations of my neighbors, I heard the lull of the bus on the highway. I noticed the trees and the grey serene morning sky in a more authentic way and, most shockingly, I could hear my thoughts!

I am a Christian, but I don’t only listen to Christian music. There are mornings I might listen to Kendrick or NWA, maybe EWF or Diana Ross. The issue is not the music itself (“Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” Mark 7:15) the issue is the distraction that it may be causing.

I realized yesterday morning that I don’t give my mind much time to breath which is crucial for inspiration and more importantly, hearing from God. There is nothing wrong with listening to music in the morning, but if I listen to music every time I am alone except when I sleep or working intently on something else, then I’m not allowing my mind the environment necessary to cultivate and develop strong ideas and I’m also not spending as much time with God as I can.

Social media can be the same kind of distraction, choking out thoughts and dreams and ideas that lay dormant inside of us and have yet to blossom.

From a spiritual perspective we’ve got to remember the enemy is sneaky. He may approach you with something that, in itself, is not sinful or harmful, but when given too much dominion in our lives, becomes like an idol.

“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God,” Exodus 34:14

God gave me the opportunity to check myself on yesterday. He revealed to me the diligence and loyalty that I had to something other than Him. Not having my headphones allowed Him to show me these very things.

 

With Love Always,

Tiffany Trawick ♥

15 Comments

  1. Amanda

    May 17, 2017

    Thank you! I had not considered the scripture from Mark in this context before. Love your writings!

    • Tiffany

      May 18, 2017

      Ms. Amanda, It’s amazing how God’s word can evolve in our lives. Thank you so much for your support!!

  2. DeTeyonce Graves

    May 17, 2017

    Thaat was beautiful

    • Tiffany

      May 18, 2017

      DeTeyonce, thank you for your comment and thank you for reading. I hope this inspires you. Best!

  3. Connie Winston

    May 18, 2017

    This was excellent and profound Tiffany! Loved it

    • Tiffany

      May 18, 2017

      Connie! Thank you for your comment. It’s amazing how God chooses to reveal things to us. Blessings always!

  4. Joan Austin

    May 18, 2017

    This was a great discovery , a great observation, and a great revelation. A great reflection and a great creative written piece. Definitely something to think about and to check yourself with your walk with God. I so appreciate your writing and transparency. To God be the glory !
    Joan

    • Tiffany

      May 18, 2017

      And thank you for your beautiful comment. Love you so much auntie! Continue to hold me up in your prayers. Blessings always!

  5. Mys Helen Shakia Martin

    May 22, 2017

    Wow this is a really great read!!

    • Tiffany

      May 23, 2017

      Helen,

      Thank you for your comment. I am glad that you enjoyed it.

  6. Susan Evans

    May 29, 2017

    Yes, it’s in the silence where we can most hear God.

  7. Heather

    May 29, 2017

    That is such a wonderful story! I love how God speaks to us in ways that we never anticipate. One of my favorite things to see or hear is the stories of others about God speaking to them about something they specifically spoke to him about.

  8. Alice Mills

    May 29, 2017

    I have exactly the opposite problem. I have to be willing to give up the silence I love for the hockey games my husband loves. I have to remind myself that his wishes matter as much as mine.

  9. Terri

    May 29, 2017

    I neeced this. Thank you

  10. Kristi

    May 30, 2017

    Great thoughts! Yes, we have to give our minds time to meditate and breathe, especially on God’s word.

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