Finding Peace Through All the Noise
What Living Next Door to a Racetrack Taught Me
by Joanne Troppello
As I’ve mentioned in previous columns, we moved to a rural area about two years ago. We were living in a more suburban area previously. I love the peace and quiet. However, there is a racetrack that is about ¼ mile from our home. They have races in the spring and summer on Saturdays and sometimes on Tuesdays. Since COVID-19 last year, they haven’t had any races on Tuesdays, which is nice since that’s one less day to have noise (from the cars racing and the announcer talking etc.)
I started my day out like every other normal day, but around 11:30 am, I started to hear loud noises like I hear sometimes when people are riding motorcycles really fast on the country roads around our neighborhood. That doesn’t happen too often. Yet, today, it sounded like either motorcycles or race cars where being driven around the track for about an hour.
It was driving me crazy. It was loud and I didn’t even have the windows open. All I wanted to do was peacefully go about my routine and not have to deal with all that noise.
Later, I spoke to my sister (she lives next door) and she asked if I heard all the commotion today. I said yes. She explained that about four trucks, with some guys in the truck beds, drove down our road (passed where she was waiting at the bus stop with her daughter Bri). They drove across the street and then up the dirt and grassy hill toward the racetrack. However, they didn’t go toward the main entrance. Rather, they drove up into a side entrance.
We both thought it seemed suspicious. Maybe they knew the owner and he let them race on the track. Regardless, it was loud and annoying.
Learning a Lesson
The racing continued while I was talking to my husband during his lunch break. I was washing the breakfast dishes in the sink and then boiling water for tea. He listened as I complained. Yet, as I complained, I also sighed and said that I was trying to ignore the noise and look out the window over the sink as the wind blew through the long grass in the field.
We spoke for a bit longer. The tea finished steeping. Then I queued up the next devotional video on YouTube and started doing my PiYo exercise routine. It may sound weird, but I like to watch devotional videos on YouTube while I exercise, rather than listen to music. I still have my personal Bible study time and prayer earlier in the morning. However, since my PiYo routine is low-impact, listening to different Bible-based messages is calming to me and helpful to continue to center me throughout the rest of my workday.
I was listening to a video, Christine’s Corner, with Christine Brejcha, TV Host on the Life Network for Women. You can find more about Christine’s ministry by visiting her website.
The video I watched was entitled: The United States is in a Battle Between Worlds. The message was very timely. She spoke of the spiritual battle we are facing today. One thing that truly resonated with me was when she encouraged viewers to stay focused on God’s Word and stay in prayer – and that we should not return evil for evil. We can’t fight against the lost people in this world. We need to put on the full armor of God and stay prayed up and keep our witness for the Gospel true, loving, and peaceful. (Eph. 6:10-18).
All the while, that noise from the racetrack was still going on. Yet, in the moment, while I was doing the PiYo and focusing on the message Christine was sharing – I felt God’s peace fill me.
That reminded me of how God’s peace can guard my heart and mind when I truly focus on Him (Isaiah 26:3)– and not the noises and evil that is occurring in the world today. No matter what problems I have or what outside forces are working against me, I can still have peace when I trust God to guide me.
You can have that peace too. It may not seem that way, especially with all the division, drama, and negativity in the world, but God wants to be your guiding light and Lord of your life.
Have you been able to remain at peace in our surreal world today?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.