God is calling
Traffic speeding, birds singing, sirens screeching, builders banging, children playing, babies crying, office buzzing, phone ringing, people talking, footsteps walking, water splashing, music playing.
God is calling.
When was the last time you stopped to listen to the world around you? How many different sounds can you hear right now? Where are they coming from? Can you tune in to focus on the different sounds? What is the quietest sound you can hear at the moment?
We are surrounded by noise all around us, day and night. Even when we are alone, there is rarely complete silence. In all the sounds we hear, I wonder when was the last time you stopped to listen to God? We are often much better at talking to God than listening to what he has to say to us. God loves it when we talk to him, but he also has many things to share with us, if only we would take the time to listen.
God speaks to us in many different ways. It may be through a Bible passage, sometimes through a song, or possibly through someone else. Occasionally God speaks directly to us. These are just a few examples of how God might speak to us, but there are many more ways. The key is to be open and ready to hear the message that God has for us, however we receive it.
In the Bible, Hannah's son Samuel didn't recognise God's voice to start with. He thought it was Eli calling him. It took several times, and some wise guidance from Eli, for Samuel to recognise God's voice and listen to his message, but Samuel was ready to hear from God. Are you ready?
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
1 Samuel 3:10
Spend a few minutes this week being quiet as a family and listening to what God has to say to you. It might help to start by thinking about God. Can you imagine him talking to you? What does he look like when he is talking to you? Does he feel close or far away? You might like to read about when Samuel heard God calling him in 1 Samuel 3:1-10. Write down or draw anything that you feel God is talking to you about.
Father God, help me find time this week to be quiet and listen to what you want to say to me. Amen