Thursday, October 29, 2015

When We Hear, But Don't Listen~

Lately, I have had no trouble hearing God speak.

He has
spoken through His Word,
spoken through a dear friend,
spoken through a church member,
spoken through a stirring in my heart that cannot be stilled.

I have heard God, no doubt.

And yet here I am,

Still in discerning mode,
still in seeking mode,
still in "Lord, please show me mode",
still in hearing mode.

I have yet to take the step from hearing to listening.

There is a difference, you know.
We can hear and yet choose not to listen.
And when we do,
hear, but not listen,
I wonder what our Father must think.

Why, when He is faithful to speak,
and we have been blessed to hear,
do we choose to not listen -
to not walk away from the temptation,
to not end the destructive cycle,
to not stand up for what is right,
to not refrain from speaking our mind,
to not offer another forgiveness,
to not give of our time, talents, and resources,
to not put others first,
to not step out in faith,
to not let go of our shame and regrets,
to not tell another of His love,
to not turn the other cheek,
to not listen?

And I think of the little boy, Samuel. How when he was awakened in the night by someone calling his name, he immediately ran to the bedside of Eli. And how, after three times of Samuel hearing his name, jumping out of his warm, comfy bed, and running to Eli's room, Eli finally realized it was the voice of God little Samuel was hearing.

And, I know from this story,
and from the place where I now sit in my own story,
that when God speaks,
and we His children hear,
the only response it to listen.

It's what Eli counseled Samuel to do.
It's what Samuel chose to do.

"And the LORD came and called as before, "Samuel! Samuel!" 

And Samuel replied, "Speak, your servant is listening."
~ 1 Samuel 3:10

And, I also know that listening,
true listening,
will indeed get us up
out of our sleep,
out of our comfort zone,
out of our self
and into God's will.

And, in the end,
isn't that where we all want to be?

Yes, I have been hearing God speak.
Now, I simply need to listen.~♥

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