Are You Listening?
There was a nip in the air that moonlit night when my friend Barbara and her husband set out to explore their new farm.
The property was finally theirs and, too excited to wait for the light of day, they decided to go and check it out.
The old dairy barn they now owned was without electricity, but that didn’t deter them from having a “look” around.
Spreading out their hands in front of them, they felt their way around, taking in the smells of the place.
When Barbara’s hands approached a closed door, she was tempted to pull up the wooden latch and check out what lay on the other side.
A warning flashed inside her then, and instead of going with her first impulse, she decided to move on in a different direction.
The next morning, Barbara went to the barn again – wanting to see it in the light of day. Coming across the door, she decided to open it this time.
Gasping, she quickly realized what would have been her fate had she not listened to the warning she got the night before.
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3/10/2012 04:07:22 am
Listening to Gods voice is sometimes so very hard....mostly because the voices inside speak so loud- voices of longing...mistrust....and even caring so much I can't hear anything else. But in this journey....amidst all my mistakes....God stays with me, continually whispering of His love and care into my heart. He's teaching me how to hear His voice thru all the noise that tries to distract....leading me in the way He would have me go.
3/10/2012 06:12:18 am
How very insightful Lori. Yes, it is hard to discern God's voice sometimes. And, it's always good to wait when your not quite sure. In Barbara's case, I'm glad she heeded the warning though. She told me later that she thought she was just being foolish - listening to voices inside her head when she backed away from the door. Later, she found out the truth. I'm thinking that the more we heed God's voice, the more we know it's him when he speaks. Glad to have you reading My Christian Devotional Blog! Your comment blessed me.
Mary Ann Stewart
3/10/2012 08:49:39 am
There have been so many times in the past that I have allowed myself to be talked out obeying God's still small voice. I pray that as I continue to learn who God is through His word and spend time with Him in prayer, study and worship that I will be able to recognize His voice every time he speaks to me.
3/12/2012 08:51:25 am
Yes! I love this comment. Thanks for reminding us of the way that we learn to discern his voice. Prayer, study and worship are key I think. Thanks, Mary Ann.
3/12/2012 05:43:02 am
Wow, you gave a perfect example of how "listening" can keep us from danger. I think I may be guilty of not keeping my ears open but instead opening my mouth with possible reasons or excuses to justify how "I want" things done. I am reminded of what was told me many years ago by a brother, "Sis, God gave you two ears and only one mouth. We are to listen twice as much as talk!" Thanks for another great writing!
3/12/2012 08:56:32 am
Ha, I love it! Yes, two ears and one mouth. We do need to stop and use both ears often. Problem is, there is often so much vying for our attention. And so often, we like to have things yesterday don't we? It is good to take time to listen. Thanks for your comment Darlene. I love it when people let me in on what their thinking.
3/12/2012 12:59:52 pm
I remember one time I left a smaller church to attend a larger church because there was a promise of more youth programs. Well this new church was not a bible following church and I ended up leaving after a few months. Well, when I went back to my old church I spoke to my pastor about all that transpired. I had come to understand it wasn't the voice of God telling me to leave. He was very kind and showed me through scripture how to listen to the "small voice of God". I pray that my desires won't trump God's. I am just so glad we have a loving Savior who's always there to catch us. Oh, if only my ears would be ever listening and my heart open to His Holy Spirit!
3/13/2012 05:54:25 am
Joanne, thanks so much for your sincere words. It is true that the Bible helps us to hear God's voice isn't it? And yes, we all make mistakes. I like how you said that we have a "loving Savior who's always there to catch us." Mmmm - thanks for your comment. It was a good one!
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