Friday, July 27, 2012

Are You Listening?

"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow Me." John 10:27 (NIV)

One day this week I read this sentence in Sarah Young's devotional, Jesus Calling, "As you listen to birds calling to one another, hear also My Love-call to you."

Immediately I became aware of the melodic birdsong wafting on the breeze.

Funny, I don't think I had heard them yet that morning.

I wasn't listening.

They were singing their little hearts out, but I was missing out on the concert because I was tuned out.

After reading the devotional entry and spending some time in John 10, my consciousness took flight. It dawned on me that just as I was oblivious to the song of the birds, I'm often deaf to the voice of the Lord. Just not listening. And not even hearing. Totally unaware.

How can I follow Him...or trust Him...or hear Him utter His Love-call if I'm not in active pursuit and listening intentionally?

He is always speaking. Through His Word. Through Christians He's placed in our paths. Via pastors, teachers, writers. And yes, also through nature. In the sounds. In the beauty.

The photo above illustrates this perfectly for me. God and I have this little love sign between us. He shows me things in threes and I "hear" Him say, "I. Love. You." Sometimes it's three birds together. Other times it's other creatures...squirrels, deer...and yes, even groundhogs!

I love how He loves me.

He loves you too! He speaks your "love language"!

Are you listening? How is He speaking to you?


Meredith said...

"How can I follow Him...or trust Him...or hear Him utter His Love-call if I'm not in active pursuit and listening intentionally?"

Oh, yes, how true! Love this, my friend.

Kristi Butler said...

Thank you, Meredith! Love and hugs to you!!

Susan Stilwell said...

I want to listen, but I'm so easily distracted! (You know what I mean ---> Squirrel!!) I hope/think/pray that getting older & wiser is helping me get better at ignoring the squirrels ;)

I'm loving Jesus Calling. Thanks for that intro!
Hope you had a great week at the beach. Love you!!

Anonymous said...

I hear His voice deep in my heart and I always feel better when I listen and don't try to drown Him out. I love birdsong and it reminds me of my mission trip to El Salvador every time I hear a bird chirp. Thanks for the reminder! Love you!

Vonda Skelton said...

He is speaking powerfully to me through Shannon Mullins' Living Power Online Bible Study. By far, the best Bible study I've ever done!

Kristi Butler said...

Thanks for stopping by, Vonda and Cindy! So thankful for sweet friendships! Love you!