>> Sunday, November 15, 2015
On my recent trip to Israel, I was introduced to a technology new to me. Our tour guide gave each of us a little power source box to hang around our neck that was connected to an earpiece to hang on our ear. That way, we could easily hear her as she explained the various sites we visited. Sometimes crowds of people surrounded us. Other times we were alone at an outdoor setting. Even though there was a lot of noise around us…either voices or wind blowing…we were still able to hear our guide as she spoke.
During my 30-hour travel time returning home, I had plenty of time to think. As I thought about the “whisper”, I remembered a book I read recently titled “The Power of a Whisper” by Bill Hybels. Bill says it takes guts to listen and respond to God’s whispers.
But God doesn’t give us a device to hang around our neck.
In our busy lives, filled with noise and chaos, we have a choice to make. Do we want to hear God? If so, we have to actively listen. His whispers come in various forms. Sometimes a scripture seems to speak directly to us. Sometimes His whisper comes through a friend. Words in a song can suddenly bring new meaning to our heart. A beautiful sunrise or sunset can cause us to pause and listen.
But we have to be aware of those whispers. We have to do more than just read words on a page…agree with the friend…view the beauty, and then go on with our lives without any response.
Listening…truly listening…to His whispers will change our life.
“Are you listening to this? Really listening?” Mark 4:9 (MSG)