This is my phone… It’s set to silent… I’ve lost it.
This happens to me way too often. I’m actually pretty good at remembering to set my phone to silent for church meetings, school music recitals etc. But I never remember to turn it back onto loud again afterwards. If I want to be able to hear it above the background music of my world (guitars, computer games, disney channel, noisy five-year old) then I have to leave it set to what the kids call ‘old lady loud’. But once again, I’ve forgotten and I’ve put it down ‘somewhere’. Argh.
In a moment, when I’ve finished writing this, I’m going to go on a hunt for it. But first I’ll go round and turn off everything that makes a noise: Youtube, the water cooler, the extractor hood, the tinkerbell movie that Katie is watching and anything else I can think of. Then I’ll confiscate my son’s guitar and beg everyone to be quiet, just for five minutes, so that I can HEAR.
And then I’ll call my phone from the landline and walk slowly around the house straining to hear any slight sound of my phone vibrating in it’s hiding place. And if I begin to hear it I’ll hone in my search to one room until I eventually find it.. down the side of the sofa or in a pocket or on a shelf (or in the toybox.)
So for five or ten minutes of my day because I really want to hear something I will listen for it – really listen.
I’m really hoping that some of you who read this will be thinking “yes, I’ve done that” because it will really help you to get what I think God has to say to us today..
When I lose my silent phone I make space to listen for a barely audible whisper. I consciously turn off the noise that would interfere with my ability to hear and I listen hard. And the last time this happened, I heard God say,
“I want you to listen for my voice like that”
So I’m thinking about blocking off some time in my diary, just for listening to God. For me, turning off noise has to mean not being in the house (where there are a million jobs shouting at me that they need to be done). So I’ll go for a walk somewhere quiet. For you it might mean the last ten minutes of the day, or sneaking somewhere at lunchtime, or locking yourself in the bathroom…
But will you find a way to make some space, take some time, turn off some noise so that you can hear the still small voice of God this week? Who knows what things He has to say to you? Who knows what revelation He is longing to share with you; who knows what part of His word He wants to bring to life for you; who knows what comfort or encouragement He wants to bring to your heart?
I don’t… but I bet it’s worth you finding out.
Still small voice On the edge of my hearing help me to still my noisy soul Still small voice constantly calling spill your milk and honey out over my heart
The challenge for this week is to spend some time listening to God’s voice and write down what you hear him say… for those new to listening for the voice of God there are some starting guidelines here.