Have you ever listened to the quiet of a winter dawn as the world awkes? Recently, I had the opportunity to sit back and watch the clouds light up as the sun rose. The air was still, crisp, and cold.
Listening is hard sometimes. Your head is full of messages and sounds from the prior day and worries about the beginning day. My mind was full of concern about my husband who had been to the hospital emergency room twice this week. He is doing better now, but they could not find a reason for his pain. I am glad they didn’t find anything wrong, but worried about the cause of his pain. Then family issues crept in, and I struggled with them. I know I am not alone in my problems. I know my readers and blogging friends face times of struggle too and know firsthand what I am discovering about listening.
Listening is hard when you can’t focus on the source of the noise in your life. I can’t find a state of equilibrium and calm some days. On my worse days, though, I am able to sit back and listen for the Holy Spirit’s reassurances that my God is in control.
I had so many goals this week, but they were put on a backburner of worry and doubt. I let the noise overcome me for a few days and that is why I have been silent.
When times are difficult, listening for His voice can be hard, but when we realize that listening is not automatic, but a process we draw closer to Him. Sometimes, we have to stop and remain in silence so that we can find God again.
We do this by reaching out in prayer. Simple prayers are best in those silent times of the day when you can find a moment. As mothers, you know what I mean: while waiting for the pot to boil for the evening meal or while you are waiting in the pickup line at school. Maybe it is the time when the house becomes quiet and peaceful as the last one in the family drifts into sleep. You wait alone in the dark living room to pray and bare your heart to the Lord about your cares and your worries.
After prayer comes the waiting to hear His voice and feel His presence. It might not come the first night when worries and darkness are crowding in; maybe even not the second or third nights. His voice and presence, however, come when He knows it is time.
After the waiting comes the receiving when He engulfs you in His love and embrace. His Holy Word fills your mind, and you find you can listen and receive again. During the wait, you were prepared for something you cannot explain to anyone else. Somehow, you found strength, reassurance, answers, or maybe just calm. You cling to this moment because you know another storm of noise will come and attempt to drown and destroy your faith.
Moments like these are cherished in hard times. You can remember listening to the gentle probing and voice of the Holy Spirit as verse after verse floods your mind; verses that you remember from Sunday School or sermons.
11 I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. 12 When you call me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. 13 When you search for me, yes, search for me with all your heart, you will find me.
[tweetthis]We all have difficult times and struggles, but when we seek and listen for our Lord, He will bring love, strength, and peace.[/tweetthis]
I love the song that Holly shared on her post today so I will share it with my readers too. I hope you enjoy.
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