Is my life too busy and noisy to notice and hear God’s whispers?

I’ve just finished Pete Greig’s wonderfully absorbing and practical book ‘how to hear God – a simple guide for normal people’. And will re-read to practise its wisdom and disciplines.

One of the ways God speaks to us, as with Elijah on Mt Horeb, is with a ‘still small voice’. In fact, God whispers to us all the time, if only we’d be still enough to tune in. Are we looking for God to give us a fireworks display and speak loudly into our lives, when God is constantly and quietly communicating.

Greig uses the fun story of Jesus with the two on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus as the theme of his whole book. Having warmed their hearts explaining from the Scriptures why Jesus had to die, Jesus suggests he has somewhere else to be when they arrive at their Emmaus home. They haven’t recognised Jesus yet, but persuade him to come in for some food and in the ordinary breaking of bread the penny drops, it’s ‘Jesus’!

“Could it be that the Creator of the cosmos is meek and not pushy? Humble and not presumptuous? Unassuming and not intrusive? Jesus wears his charisma lightly. He seems perfectly content to walk away from the spotlight of human attention and adulation.” (Greig)

God is almighty, all-knowing, all-seeing, always present, all loving, mysterious, marvellous and way beyond our ken and comprehension, but chooses to come to us in person through the ordinary and extraordinary birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. God comes quietly to our world, in it for the long haul of helping a world come to its senses. God doesn’t force himself upon us.

“Billions of people wake up each day precariously balanced upon a rock traveling at 66,727 miles per hour around the sun in a galaxy that is itself moving at 1,342,160 miles per hour in relation to extra-galactical frames of reference. Quietly these people make themselves coffee, stare out at the dawn breaking, the dew glistening and, for the most part, barely give the maker of so much mystery a second thought. Their three pound brains churn through 11 million bits of information per second, and their ten ounce hearts pump five litres of blood through 100,000 miles of tubing, and yet the great Giver of Life demands neither allegiance, acknowledgement or thanks. ‘The Lord is not slack…but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish’ (2 Peter 3:9, NKJV)” (Greig)

If I don’t take time each morning to be quiet, still and listen to God through Bible, books like Pete Greig’s, prayer and journaling I easily move into the day ‘out of tune’ with God. Without regular pauses in my day to look, listen and let God whisper in my ear to enlighten what’s really going on around and in me, I can miss so much.

Greig quotes Emily Disckson, “Tell all the Truth but tell it slant –

Success in Circuit lies

Too bright for our inform Delight

The Truth’s superb surprise.

As Lightning to the Children eased

With Explanation kind

The Truth must dazzle gradually

Or every man be blind.”

Can you hear God whispering to you now?