Do You Hear What I Hear? #TraditionallySouthside

What is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to you? I could make a list much longer than you would care to read because it would include my salvation experience, being called into the ministry, my wedding, the birth of my children, their weddings, the birth of my grandchildren, etc. I could go on and on and on, and I know your list would be as long as mine. But I started thinking this morning on my way to the church about what is the most exciting thing that has happened to me this week. And before I share my answer with you, I want you to stop for just a minute and answer that question for yourself. So stop reading. Close your eyes if you have to, and think for a minute. What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you this week?

Okay. Have you thought about it? Well, once again my list is long. Waking up in the morning with my wonderful wife. Phone calls and FaceTime with my children and grandchildren. Sunday’s worship service. Sharing my faith with several people I have encountered this week. But the most exciting experience of my week was in the early hours of the morning when I woke up and felt God’s presence in my bedroom and heard His voice in my heart. I was reminded of Elijah when he was running for his life and ended up in a cave feeling sorry for himself. There was an earthquake and a mighty wind and a great fire, but God was not in any of these. And there lies our problem. We too often are looking for God in the “exciting” times of life rather than realizing that the still small voice of God is the “exciting” times of our lives.

As I lay in my bed the other morning, I truly felt God inviting me to enter into His presence, and as I often do, I imagined myself coming before Him and kneeling down to worship Him. But He doesn’t allow me to stay there long before He lifts me up and sits me on His lap. He draws me close and wraps His loving arms around me and tells me everything is going to be okay. Now some of you may say that I’m crazy, but I truly believe that Abba (that means Daddy by the way) wants us to know Him that intimately. To experience that still small voice that Elijah finally heard in that cave.

And that was the most exciting time of my week, and the good news is that I can experience that any time that I want. The good news for you is that you can, too. Just listen for a moment. Can you hear Him?

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