Be Quiet and Listen

Habakkuk 2:1-3

I will take my stand to watch, and station myself on the tower, and look forth to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.  And the Lord answered me; “Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it.  For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end-it will not delay.

Thought for the DayCry to the Lord, Wait on the Lord.  Listen.

I think I have found my quiet place.  On my walk yesterday, I realized something important.  When I reach about the half-way point of my walk, I cannot pass by the path that leads to the most beautiful and the quietest place.  I literally cannot pass it without walking the path and then walking up the steep incline to reach the most beautiful area.  I have found recently that I begin talking to God as I enter the area and I try to listen without thinking or talking.  I try to listen for God’s voice which I so desperately want and need to hear.  Yesterday, I told God that I was going to be quiet and that I was ready to hear Him talk to me.  I listened, boy did I listen.  It was then that I heard a sound that I had heard before but didn’t put together where the sound was coming from.  I continued walking and then saw a squirrel sitting very still on a limb above my head.  I heard the sound again and realized that the sound was coming from the squirrel.  I listened to the cry for a few minutes wondering what it was communicating with another squirrel – for I was hearing an answer call from somewhere else.  As I walked back down the path, I heard the other squirrel above my head in another tree but never could see it.  But it was there.

Interrupted by the squirrel, I realized that I had not listened as I promised God I would as my thoughts went to my investigation about what the squirrels were communicating with each other.  Later, I realized that observing those squirrels might have been my answer from God for the day.  I did quiet myself as I walked through the area and I heard a sound I had not heard clearly before.  But what was God saying through the squirrels? Mainly, I felt I was hearing a cry from one squirrel and I heard another squirrel answering back to the only other animal who could understand.  Today, God is calling for me to call out to Him and I await back the answer God is bringing me that only I can understand.  “God, please make the way clear, I cry.  I await Your voice as You speak to only me about Your plan for me.”

Prayer:  Father, thank you for quiet places where we can go to feel closer to You.  Use those quiet places to reflect Your words for us and help us know how to listen.  Be with us as we go through this day to listen closely to Your voice.

Prayer Focus:  Those crying to God.


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