For the past few weeks I have been fighting with my chronic cough- again. This means fragmented sleep patterns, caffeine to keep me going, medications to take, appointments with doctors, all mixed in with the normal activities. It has made it very hard to be grounded, rested, and aware of God’s presence. Like a staticky connection, I have been unable to hear God speaking, let alone respond to His direction.
As I came to the end of my day on Friday, I realized with all the noise I had been hearing, I had still heard a whisper from the Holy Spirit. Images of what I had witnessed during the week were recalled. The brightness of the moon as it rose in the evening over the barn, as it set over the fields in the morning. Watching flocks of migrating birds fly over the farm. Feeling the spring tainted breeze blow across the yard. All of these things were hints that God was still moving in my life, all around me. I only had to turn down the noise to listen for His voice.
After all these years as a believer, one would think that I had figured out how to recognize God in my day-to-day life. But just like a marriage that has become too familiar, I had become too familiar with God. I had forgotten to look at Him with the wonder and awe that He deserves. To remember that He has created all that is around me to point to Him. To call me back to Him.
When I write it is often coming from the overflow of what God is doing within my soul. When my soul is empty, missing out on the filling from the Holy Spirit, then I have little to share. Little to grow with in my own life.
Dear Ones, how is your spiritual noise level? Are you taking time- moments, minutes, hours, whatever you need to be still, refill, and allow God to speak with you? I know it is easier to be swallowed by the business and busyness that you face each day. I also know that when you have used even the fumes in your tank, there is nothing you can share, nothing you can bless others with when they need some encouragement.
Best Beloved, I do not scold, shame, or criticize where you are, I only wish to encourage you to learn with me as we walk this faith journey together. We were made for relationship with God and when our external noise levels are too high, we cannot hear the eternal and internal voice of God. May we face this new day only after some time in silence.
Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you (James 4:8).