It is difficult to listen when you aren’t focused. I can hear my children – all the time – but I’m not really listening to them while I am reading a recipe, or sorting my laundry, or staring at my phone. I can hear the TV, but I can’t listen to the dialogue if I can also hear the screaming 1 year old. I can hear so much. Listening is another action entirely.
I can’t help but notice that the same happens with my spiritual life. I fail to listen to the Lord because I don’t stop what I’m doing. I’m too busy. Busy doing what? Trying to keep myself busy.
Have you ever just sat in a waiting room? Don’t pick up the magazine or your phone or the latest mystery from your bag. Don’t grab a nap. Just sit. Or in line at the grocery store? Or in those rare moments at home when all the electronics are somehow magically resting and the children are, too. There is stillness – something so fleeting in our modern age – and what do we do? We try to fill it. But it is already full to bursting with the presence of the Almighty. Because He is here.
God is with me. Right here in my office as I type, type, type away. He loves me. He loves you! He’s right there ready to smile, listen, even speak. Sometimes I’m afraid of doing nothing. But then I realize that it isn’t nothing. Rest is sacred. Rest allows us the opportunity to listen.
STOP. This week’s Five Minute Friday post is in response to the prompt LISTEN
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