“and after the fire a still small voice.  So it was, when Elijah heard it. (1 Kings 19:13)  It’s highly unlikely we’ll hear God the way Elijah did.  After all, that is why God gave us his Spirit, to have a “voice” that could speak inside our hearts.  God is so good– I mean, can you get any closer than a person’s heart?  But do you sometimes feel like God’s not speaking loud enough?  I’ve joked that when it comes to a big decision, I wish God would send a text: “Hi Heather, no need to reply. Yes, do it (or No, don’t).” But perhaps the picture is bigger than Elijah hearing God’s voice, or the disciples seeing the Lord’s mouth move, or us feeling God’s voice in our hearts. What if it’s not the action God’s taking to talk; rather, it’s the action we aren’t taking to listen.  We don’t have to necessarily make noise with our voices to miss hearing God. 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 doesn’t trust it.  If you, like me, have a decision to make and you’re struggling to hear God, why don’t we unite, in going to God in prayer? Let’s pray together: Father, I really want to make the right decision, but I’m struggling to hear your voice. With [specifically name here, what you need to hear], please let me hear your Voice, please let me know your way.  Turn my “good-ears” into “God-ears.”  I never want to miss your voice because I know you have what’s best for me with it. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say, and see what you are going to do. Amen.

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