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Listening for His Voice



Have you ever personally felt and known God’s Presence?  I have, on many occasions.  This post that I wrote a few years back, reminded me of one of those amazing times.  Just wanted to share it with you:

Being that it’s a gorgeous sunny day today…in the eighties, I decided to take a walk during my lunch hour.

As I stepped outside and breathed in that amazingly warm and comforting air, I asked God to speak to me.  You see, usually I pray (talk!) the whole time I am walking, so I asked the Lord to do the talking today.

And I was listening for His voice.

For a few moments I was hearing the common drone of cars humming down the main road, and those sounds gave way to the gentle whirring of the breeze around me.  All of a sudden, there was the sound of a bird squawking.  The sound was getting nearer and nearer to me, and I looked down.  The bird was running in circles right in front of me and making all sorts of crazy sounds.  Then I saw it.  Her baby was off to the left of me, running toward the grass.  I realized that the mommy bird was protecting her baby!

Seeing the natural instinct of a mother protecting her little one really warmed my heart.  I thanked God for showing me such beauty, turned the corner and stepped up to the sidewalk.  Then I saw something I wish I hadn’t.  I saw two little furry baby birds, all soft and downy, lying dead on the ground.  I asked the Lord why He allowed me to see that?  Why did I need to see those sweet little birds that looked as though they just died?  And why did they have to die in the first place?

He answered, “there is beauty to be found through both life and death.”  After a few more steps, once again I looked down, and I saw it.  A bookmark had flown over and landed on the side of the path I was walking on.

I saw the words…Jesus is Alive! And I understood that because of Jesus, death holds no power over us.  In Christ Jesus, we are saved.  He is waiting for us to invite Him into our hearts and our lives, and accept the precious gifts He offers us.  Love, mercy, and salvation.  These are not merely words to bring us comfort.  Jesus is truly alive…He is right here with us now!

Lord, there are so many times I don’t understand your ways.  I don’t understand why some people suffer more than others, why some seem to attract the good things of the world, while others struggle just to survive.  Help me to understand that you are present in all of our lives, and in all circumstances.  Help me to trust that your grace is sufficient in all things, and that suffering, even death itself, can bring us closer to you.  All we need to do is open our hearts to you, and ask that you fill us with your saving holy presence.


11 thoughts on “Listening for His Voice

  1. I love how Jesus uses so many beautiful moments and things to speak to us. Jesus is so intentional in how he talks to us

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  2. Thanks for sharing a God inspired story.

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  3. It must have been so hard to see those little dead birds. It’s so tough for the animal world just striving to survive. I felt dismayed for you . . . and then you reminded me that Jesus is alive and is victorious over sin and death! What a wonderful way God spoke to you in that sequence of events.

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    • Yes, it was surreal…the way the events played out. I could hardly believe it when I picked up the bookmark and saw what it said! Then, of course, I think about the person that the bookmark belonged to…that led to me finding it! We are all connected through Jesus.

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  4. What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing this treasure 💫

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  5. Yes! Last night my mind drifted to a terrible time in my life where I suffered greatly and caused others to suffer as well. Then I remembered how I was forced to change schools because of this and it led me to a school where I made true friendships and allowed my 3 siblings to attend this school as well where they still have friendships and history to this day. If it were not for the hardship, this may never have occurred. It gives this meaning and worth. All things work for good for those who trust in Him!

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    • Wow…thank you for sharing about that hard time in your life, and how God used it for good. We can always trust in his love for us…that he is working in ways we can’t see or fully understand.

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