At lunchtime we had another time of worship. The worship team was excellent and it was so easy to really get wrapped up in the worship, focusing on the Lord, directing our thoughts to him. This time though as I stood alone in this group of worshipping women, I had a vision. It was not one that I could see, but one that I could feel and envision. My Crossroads sisters in Christ joined me and were standing with me next year as we worshipped together with the larger body of women. I was so excited and it was so affirming and I shared this “vision” with Pastor Janet as we drove home. I was alert to listening and I heard!
On Wednesday at staff meeting Connie shared about going away on a spiritual retreat on her own. She shared about learning to listen, about being quiet and silent before God, listening for His voice. I was challenged to remember that I need to set aside time to be quiet before the Lord, seeking to know Him more, to listen to his voice. She reminded us of the verse “Be still and know that I am God. “Psalm 46:10 that was the focal point of her retreat.
It’s Saturday, one week after the Women’s Annual meeting and Ingo and I are reading from our Lenten devotional. Lent and Easter Wisdom from Henri J.M. Nouwen, compiled by Judy Bauer. The title of the day’s devotional? “True Listening!” Henri points out that our lives have become absurd with so much inner and outer noise that it is hard to truly hear our God when he is speaking to us. Part of the root word for absurd is the Latin word surdus, which means deaf! Henri also points out that when we learn to listen, our lives become obedient lives. The obedience comes from the Latin word audire, which mean “to listen.”
The Scripture with the devotional was from 1 Kings 19:11-14 and titled “A Still Small Voice.”
11 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
14 He replied again, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”
I want to listen for His Voice—not in the dramatic events of fire and earthquake—but in the silence of my own soul. How about you? How is He speaking to you? Are you listening for his Voice? Are you taking time to be still and listen?
Marsha Goller - Crossroads Covenant Church