Listen With Your Life
Speak Lord, Your servant is listening…
1 Samuel 3:9 NIV
He is always speaking to us. All around, within, behind, and through us, God is speaking.
Stephen Covey wrote,
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” from the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
We are so quick to jump in and interrupt our own lives.
Add to the lists, pile on more work, more jobs, more stuff, more things to do…
And in the background, God speaks…
It’s like going to the beach, putting earphones in and listening to AC/DC as you walk up and down the soft white sand with the warm sun beating down on you and the waves caressing your feet. What you hear doesn’t correlate with where you are, what you’re seeing, and you’re feeling. This opens up a dissonance between experience and intuition, our “sixth sense” as you will… knowing that there is something more here, but not being able to put our finger on it. So we turn up the music, change the song or band to try and tune into that distant rumble we think we can hear or should be able to hear… things we want to hear with all our being.
A lot of the time, life for me is taking out the earplugs. Not changing the song. Not adjusting the volume on my smartphone. But taking the earplugs out. Adjust my focus, tuning my ear. Busyness, chores, the must do’s, the bills, the not enough… even the hopes and dreams, the success of today and plans for tomorrow can distract my naked ear from hearing that voice, the call… the Divine whispering, speaking, shouting himself into my life.
He speaks through His creation. The sky, the trees, the moon and stars, the ocean and the cold hard dirt all bear witness to the glory of God. They’ve been woven into His story from the beginning. God is in and through it all… Every sight you see in creation, every lick of wind you hear, carries with it a testimony of God’s presence.
Listen for it. Still yourself. Take the earplugs of your crazy-busy life out and listen.
Don’t listen to reply. Don’t listen in order to explain or complain or ask or beg… just listen.
When you feel that distant call, the sound you can hear even just a little through the muck and mess and glory of life, take the “earplugs” out; disconnect from the rat race to connect to the Divine.
Take some time, get up, adjust, lean in…
“Speak Lord, we’re listening…”
Listen with your life.
Excerpted from Pocket Fuel; written by Lizzy Milani
∞ Challenge yourself to do less talking. ∞