Some sounds rise loud and clear and our senses are alert, heightened to every nuance, change of pitch and tone.
New parents seek shades of meaning in every utterance their infant makes.
My son and his wife are at the stage of learning and interpreting every vocal expression of their month-old baby son.
Ready to provide their newborn with all the care, comfort, love and protection he needs.
Over time, they lessened (or I got bad at hearing them) and became infrequent.
But all the more precious for their rarity.
Just before the new year began, I heard quite distinctly. Though I wavered, challenged, questioned…Is this really You, God?
He made it clear. I had a new ‘word’ for 2014 and it was ~ ‘Listen’.
Every whisper on the wind might be the sound of His voice.
Every person I communicate with might need me to listen more intently to their words or to the hidden message in their heart. Read gestures, posture, expressions, sighs.
Every stir in the air around might be God speaking to me through creation.
So what happens next? How do I assist the listening process?
By joining the #oneword365 challenge, making my intentions public (no backing out now), plus writing my first post about listening and why it’s so important to me on poetryjoy.com followed by this one and more to come as the months unfold.
Aiming to read ‘Listening to your life’ Daily Meditations by Frederick Beuchner.
I am also taking part in the 2014 Mindful Writing Challenge because I need all the help I can get to deliberately notice and pay attention to my life.
And to close with here is today’s #smallstone offering of mindfulness
“Commencing black and blue
dissolving into rainbow-shadowed hue
a central core of white-hot heat and light
burning radiantly, glowing bright
standing sentinel, upright and strong
until the slightest breeze comes along
then bending, dancing, sway and quiver
like a frightened child all a-shiver”
Life, objects around, voices, words, every sound, appear changed, transformed and new when viewed with eyes opening in surprise beyond their everyday guise.
My hope and prayer is that you will discover the joy of listening too, so you don’t miss the words God is trying to get across to you.
“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer” ~ Mother Teresa
And do share what you are learning. I would love to know about your journey. We can support and encourage one another here.
Do you have a ‘word’ for 2014?
Has God spoken to you lately in ways you just couldn’t miss?
Please feel free to share in the comments below.
May this be a blessed and happy new year of hearing and receiving God’s best for your life!