Grace and Peace to you.
O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not concern myself with great matters,
things too marvelous for me.
But I have stilled and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time on and forevermore.
— Psalm 131
When we listen for the voice of God, sometimes we “hear” something like advice.
“Take the job.”
“Forgive your sister.”
But more often we may hear something that’s harder to put into words, more like a movement than an idea.
“You are all right.”
“Here is your gift.”
It may be something closer to a feeling.
“This is not right.”
It may simply be awareness.
More often than not, God’s “Word” is not something that can be said at all. When we listen in stillness we hear the voice of God humming quietly, like a contented mother with her child in her arms. And that is enough.
Copyright © Steve Garnaas-Holmes