The alarm clock rings. We hit the ground running. Rushing through the duties of the day, we look forward to crashing back into our comfy the bed. We don’t have to dream for long, because the day quickly passes. Finally we slow down long enough to put our head on the pillow. Falling asleep, it enters the mind that we don’t remember hearing from God today. We drift thinking how lonely and empty our day has been, and how much we dread getting up and doing it all over again.
That is the way most of us live day in and day out. Lifestyles are hectic and loud making it difficult to hear God speaking to us. We forgot that when we seek Him, He is always there. While we are busy running around, He is patiently waiting and longing for time with us.
Yet the Lord still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love; he will conquer you to bless you, just as he said. For the Lord is faithful to his promises. Blessed are all those who wait for him to help them. Isaiah 30:18
Off and on over the years, I have allowed the enemy to distract me from God’s whispers and His presence. While I’m preoccupied with the busyness of life, My Father is patiently waiting to lavish His love and blessings upon me. Instead I’m listening to the communication of the enemy as He seeks to distance me from God. Before I know it, I’m feeling overwhelmed and alone in a dark and dry land.
Lately, however, The Lord has been doing everything He can to fight for my attention. He’s been pouring out His Word into my mind, my heart, and everywhere: His Word, church, library books, music, words from others, and even a report on the nightly news. To the worldly eye, these may appear to be random coincidences. However, I know better. They are God’s whispers to me. He has faithfully whispered and bombarded me with messages from His Word that I needed to hear, encouragement that I needed to escape the desert.
What disappoints me is the fact that I know He’s been speaking to me, but I’ve been to busy to listen, too preoccupied to hear His whispers and see the little gifts He brings me each day. While I was struggling to stay afloat and sane in the chaos, I finally realized all I had to do was slow down and listen.
Stubbornly, I forget to be still and let Him have control of my day and my life. I wish I weren’t so easily distracted and so caught up in my responsibilities. If I had just taken a moment, I would have heard His whispers. I would have seen His blessings. I wouldn’t have missed divine appointments with Him. That lifeline I’ve been needing has been right in front of my nose.
Don’t let the enemy distract you. Stay focused on The Lord. I know life is busy, but please take a moment first thing in the morning to be still, hear Him, feel His presence, and know that He is God. As you go through the day, open your heart and your mind, your eyes and ears. Look and listen for the ways He shows you He is God and in control.
He is in the songs of the birds in your back yard. He whispers to that sweet friend to send you an encouraging text to lift your spirits. His Word comes alive off the pages of a book. His words whisper on the wind like dandelion seeds. He infiltrates your whole life with whispers, if you’ll just stop long enough to listen.