When we read the Scriptures, it’s easy to become caught up in the vastness of the accounts, as large swaths of history stream past, chapter by chapter. But as we read, if we listen, we hear something as well: the music of God’s voice.
The child Samuel was in bed when he heard someone call his name. Thinking it was his mentor, the high priest Eli, he ran to him. He was hearing God’s voice—but he didn’t realize it. He received counsel from another godly person, someone mature in the Lord. Sometimes when we think we’re hearing from God, or we’re having trouble hearing Him, what we need isn’t more solitude, more prayer, more meditation. We may need to ask someone else for counsel. Perhaps an outside perspective from a mature, godly person of faith will help to clarify things. (See First Samuel 3:1-11.)
There are plenty of upsides to taking a break and visiting family. Of course, one of the downsides is that I haven’t had time to look for videos for this week’s Intermission. So for this week … a few quick silly videos.
First up is this dog who can’t quite figure out why that other dog won’t play with him …
When I taught middle school English, my students gave demonstrative speeches. One of them not only taught the class, but wanted a volunteer to perform the skill he had taught. He “volunteered” me. So I can proudly say that yes, I have juggled for a live audience. This guy has it easy, though … he has help.
And finally, this one comes via my sister, with her sense of musical amusement and apparent desire for minions.
May your day be filled with smiles and laughter. See you tomorrow!
Children Playing In The Ocean At Sunset (Photo credit: IronRodArt – Royce Bair (“Star Shooter”))
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
–C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses
[Note: BeaMuses will be on a brief hiatus this week. See you Thursday!]
You know that I generally post videos here on Thursdays, right? Well, this week I have a sort of non-video video. It’s from YouTube, but I couldn’t find this one with an actual video component. Since I first heard it on the radio and it made me laugh, I thought you might not mind listening to this one instead of watching it. This is Mike Rayburn’s “Hang the Jury”–and it might not be what you suspect given that title.
And this video reminds us of the importance of showing gratitude, not only to those to whom we express it, but also to ourselves.
May your day be filled with laughter and gratitude!
Sheep looking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
[Jesus said] My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
Take a moment and think about a friend. Now, imagine that you had spent some time with this person a few years ago and had become acquainted … but then you had never heard from them again.
Does that still count as a vital, vibrant relationship? Probably not. Communication matters. Connection is important.
What about our relationships with God? Are they vital? Vibrant? Rich? Growing? Or are they one-sided affairs in which we do all of the talking and none of the listening?
How can we begin to recognize God’s voice?
Center panel, bottom right detail (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“I find that doing the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.”
There are things you can do to help you to hear God’s voice; but keep in mind that God is not constrained by our methods, our wishes or our timing. As C.S. Lewis wrote of his Christological Aslan, “He is not a tame lion.”
Too often, knowing God’s will or hearing His voice seems to be approached as though we were writing a computer program: Input this to get that result. But if it were really that simple, it wouldn’t be a relationship, would it? As we begin to look at some things that can help us to hear God’s voice, know that there is no formula.
And what’s the beginning of the journey for us? It’s the desire to hear God’s voice. That desire leads us to put aside our busyness, our concerns, our distractions … and to focus on God.