Interview with

Founder & Teacher, desiringGod.org

So you’re now in the middle of nowhere Tennessee, living on a mountain, with a front porch on your house that faces the mountains. It’s very serene and peaceful. In Minneapolis you have lived for 30 years in a loud urban setting in a house set next to the interstate. What has the adjustment been like?

Well, it is taking some adjustment. It is funny. The Lord prepared me for it in a way. I came home in Minneapolis a few weeks ago and Noel and I got out of the car on a Saturday and we stopped and said, “Something is wrong.” And what was wrong was that interstate 94 and 35W which intersect in front of our house had been shut down to build the bridge over Chicago Avenue. And there was not a single car on these 15 lanes of freeway and the whole neighborhood sounded starkly silent. And I stood there say-ing, “This is really weird. I haven’t heard this kind of silence for a long time.” And that is the way it is here all the time. And so you sit on the front porch and there is nothing but this cow about a mile away it seems like. I don’t know what he is doing. And then there is the birds that you can hear. There are no cars anywhere. And so it is, I think, an adjustment of soul by which you get accustomed to the sounds of nature as opposed to the sounds of man. And it remains yet to be seen to me what effect that is going to have on my soul. I have no desire, Tony, to spend the last 10 years of my life sitting on a front porch staring at God’s beauty, because the world is fallen and I think God is going to give me about a billion years sitting on a front porch staring at his beauty. And his call on me now is to get retooled in a sweet place of peace and quiet as I write and fit me to throw my life back into the fray of where most people in the world live with all of their sorrows. And so I am thankful for this year, really, really thankful and maybe I can tune back in with you a month’s ahead and say, “Here is the effect that kind of silence has had.”

I can give you one funny effect. I can hear my wife breathing now [haha!], which can be good. [of course] It can be bad, because I am used to having just a nice hum of the freeway all night long kind of white sound and here there is no white sound at all. So every little move in the bed and every breath I am alert to. So we will see how that shakes out.

Wonderful. Well we will check with you in the future about the transition. Thank you Pastor John. And thank you for listening to this podcast. You can keep up with Pastor John’s latest re-sources, his blog posts and other new resources he is producing at desiringgod DOT org. … I’m your host, Tony Reinke. Thanks for listening.