God calls us to sit in silence and listen for His Word when we’re trying to understand His Will for us … but if God rarely spells things out for us with a banner in the sky. If He doesn’t have a specific Will for every situation then what exactly are we listening for?
I asked this burning question to my confessor hoping for a lengthy answer that would tell me exactly what to do. The priest thought quietly for a moment and then gently offered this perfect answer:
A light and subtle breeze …
I loved his response, yet … I wanted to know more.
I‘ve had that experience … but … what do I do with it? How do I interpret it?
Again, he thought for a moment, then, gave an even simpler answer.
Wow. Enjoy it. Enjoy the breeze. I was stunned by his simple and yet deeply profound answer. God wants me to listen to His voice so that I can enjoy the moments He breathes his Spirit in me and runs His gentle love through my weary soul.
Too often, I stress about listening for the right answer or trying too hard to overanalyze what I think God might be trying to tell me. My soul strains to hear God’s voice, desperately trying to know what God wants of me.
And every time I ask that question, “What do you want of me, Lord?” I get the same answer:
“You. All I want from you, is YOU.”
And, when I want to know what He wants for me:
All God wants for me is JOY and all He wants in return is me.
Then the LORD said: Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will pass by. There was a strong and violent wind rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD — but the LORD was not in the wind; after the wind, an earthquake — but the LORD was not in the earthquake; after the earthquake, fire — but the LORD was not in the fire; after the fire, a light silent sound. (added emphasis)
In the same way, God calls me to listen for His Voice so that I can enjoy Him — so He can wrap me up in His JOY for me.
My days as a wife and mother are long and I often feel overwhelmed by the monotony of everyday life. However, if I pause and make time to rest my soul and surrender to His tender touch, I feel Him, in subtle and unexpected moments.
Take time to seek the Lord today, listen for His voice and enJOY it.
Copyright 2017 Erika Marie