listening

If you sit still and start to listen there are lots of different sounds that you can hear. To begin, the most intrusive dominates the scene, but as you listen more carefully other sounds start to appear in the concerto before you. Maybe a voice, a distant shout, a bird song, a car door slamming or a plane in the distance. Every now and again I will do this to sharpen my hearing. I’m always amazed at what you do hear.

As I think about this I am reminded of Elijah after his battle with the prophets of Baal and Asherah.

“The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?””
‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭19:11-13‬ ‭NIV

God wasn’t in the dramatic signs but his voice was the gentle whisper. Elijah had to listen for it and discern which was the Lord speaking. It is through our constant use that we become acquainted – and so as we listen regularly we become acquainted with his voice.

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