Yesterday while serving with a group of youth, we talked about listening for God. Some heard God in music. Others at night and bedtime. Another said in church. As we spent the day serving at Whitewater State Park I reflected on listening for God in the beauty and wonder of creation. On our drive home we listened to the music which touched their hearts.
Where do you listen for God? We have a God who longs to be in relationship with us. From creating a relational world, to sending Jesus to earth to live among people, to sending the Holy Spirit to live within us, God walks with us and desires connection.
I have to admit that the last few weeks I have felt too busy to listen to God. That’s why the day at Whitewater was such a gift. Instead of noise and media, I was surrounded by the music of birds and the bubbling stream. The students and I shared laughter and holy conversation. But most importantly we got to slow down and BE instead of doing, doing, doing.
On Sunday we will hear the story of the prophet Elijah from 1 Kings: 9. He was tired and discouraged. After a public show down against false prophets of the day, Elijah is hiding in the wilderness. Then God comes to him—not in the wind, not in the earthquake, but in the sound of sheer silence.
Sometimes the busier I am, the more I think I need to keep going. Instead, stopping to rest, listen and be is what my heart really needs. I hope and pray that summer is giving you space to listen for God. May you find healing, peace, and the sheer sound of silence that you need to refresh your soul.