I see myself standing in a beautiful field. Flowers are everywhere and the sun is shining upon me as I twirl around and let my dress sweep around in the beauty and innocence of a little girl who feels fancy for the first time. I notice my cheek feels warm. It feels kissed by the sunlight. Then I notice the silence around me, but from inside I hear a Voice. Your Voice. You speak to me from the inside. Your Voice reverberates throughout my soul. Your Voice, it comes when I am still.
Many of us look for God to speak in loud and demanding ways. But from my experience, God’s voice comes from inside of me most of the time. Christ lives within me. When I gave Jesus residence in my heart it meant I had the Holy Spirit to speak to me from within my heart.
Being still before the Lord is imperative. Remember Elijah as he heard not the Lord in the wind, earthquake or fire, but in the gentle whisper.
Our lives are so full of noise and distraction, it is more necessary than ever to make room for the stillness. Make room to let God bring a calm to your mind and your thoughts so you can hear the Voice that’s been speaking to you all along.
He speaks. All the time, He speaks. We just aren’t always listening.
Take a moment today and let stillness wash over you. The day can wait five minutes longer. Take time right now and become still. It can feel so awkward at first, but I promise the more you practice this stillness, the easier it will become. It’s not necessary to fill all the space with busyness. Close your eyes and just be still. Ask God to remove all thoughts and emotions you are currently thinking and feeling that are not from Him. Give Him permission to come closer. Invite Him to speak to you clearly. Take a moment longer, breathe Him in. Feel Him as He wraps you in His love. Journal any words you hear Him speak so you won’t forget. Let that love carry you through this day.
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. 1 Kings 19:11-13
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10