Listening with expectation

I was recently on an international call with my brother-in-law, he was in Istanbul, and my husband and I were vacationing in Aruba. There was a three-to-four second delay in our communication. We don’t get to talk that often, so I found myself trying to touch on every important subject. In my rush, I kept unknowingly cutting him off mid-sentence, probably frustrating him as well.

However, as soon as I became aware of this, I stopped talking immediately, and listened quietly. There was a short pause, and then Courtney filled the silence with a new thought, one that I would not have heard if I had continued to speak. The conversation flowed from there, it was slower, and still delayed at times, but it felt complete and meaningful.

Our church is doing a series called “Frequency.”

I believe the focus of the series is the biblical perspective of when and how God spoke throughout Scripture, and the process of posturing ourselves today so that we are able to hear from Him.

During the sermon I was reminded of that phone conversation I had two months prior, and then I wondered how many of God’s questions and thoughts I have missed over the years, because I felt the need to speak into the silence.

I want to be on God’s frequency. I want to be able to hear His voice so clearly that it seems He is right beside me. My heart is awakened at the thought of that kind of intimacy. I long for it.

Journey with me as we continue to discover how to hear the voice of God, whether it takes the form of a whisper in the quiet of a morning walk, a dream that confirms a difficult decision, or an honest nudge from a trusting friend.

Abiding,

Hailey

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Wife, Mom to two young girls, Counselor, Cook, Athlete, and Follower of Jesus

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