“Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.”  And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the 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; and after the earthquake a fire, BUT the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.  So it was, when Elijah heard it…” 1 Kings 19:11-13a
It’s unlikely we will ever audibly hear God the way Elijah did.  Besides, that is why God gave us his Spirit to reside in our hearts–so that we could have His voice speak from there.  However, do you ever feel like God is not speaking loud enough? I’ve joked that when it comes to a big decision, I just wish God would send me a text: “Hi Heather, no need to reply. Go forward with that decision. Oh, I also copied your husband on this. Thanks, God”  But I believe the implication to this is much bigger. It’s not that God isn’t speaking. It’s that I am not listening. We don’t have to make noise with our voices to miss hearing God in our lives, the “noise” can come in all shapes and sizes: our noise of selfishness refuses it; our noise of busyness overlooks it; our noise of doubtfulness misses it.  Today is a new day. Let’s give this a shot. Instead of asking, “God why can’t I hear you?” profoundly & emphatically proclaim, “Today, God, I am ready to listen for you.” #BOOM 🙂

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