Listen to God's word
by Brian Leshley
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An amazing thought is how expansive the list of random ideas that travel through our brain. Snippets of conversation at times and random clips of movies we have seen at other times, things that mean nothing and others so profound that we forget to stop walking into a wall. How funny it is that thought has emotional control over the decisions we make on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis. A moment can change a lifetime…
Random thought is not that random. Really the mind does not repeat the same thought unless it is important to the daily activity, or it is God’s voice whispering a warning, or instruction. Calm the mind’s random thoughts and all that is left is the voice of God. This is where peace resides. Smile at the thought of God’s voice in your mind, soothing, calm and generating a resonant description of your true path, today and forever. Only when we clear the mind of clutter can we find our true destination. The destination does not matter, rather the journey along the way matters. We are like billiard balls moving on a clean, green felt moving and colliding with other billiards knowing each other around in our journey. This collision moves us in different directions, toward another collision, seemingly random and without pattern. The good news is that God planned us before we were ever born, and He has a divine plan for us, if we only listen and turn our eyes and hearts to Him.
Thought pushes us forward and determines our direction. Pause to hear the voice of God before beginning our journey today and we will make vastly different decisions, knowing in our heart that we are making the right decisions. Worry is no longer a part of our vocabulary. And when we make an error, we know that this was also a part of the design. We learn and do not repeat our errors when we know we are walking our path for God.
“The man who walks with God always gets to his destination.” This quote sits on my desk etched upon a little ship, a gift from my wife. This reminds me that we are to walk in prayer and listen to the quiet voice of God nudging us forward, sometimes this is an uncomfortable feeling, but we must move forward if we are to move at all. Einstein wrote, “Nothing happens unless something moves.” And this is how it feels sometimes, like nothing seems to happen, but in order for something to happen we must take action—we must move. The wrong direction will set us back, specifically when we do not listen or simply disobey the loving voice in our heart. As with Jonah we will find the belly of our own whale, and unless we wake up and begin to listen we will continue to wonder where the stench is coming from.
A plan exists for you and me. We are a part of the grand scheme of everything and sometimes we have a small part and sometimes a big part. Not everyone associated with Winston Churchill was popular, but we can say that Hitler had a significant role in making Churchill one of the most influential beings of the twentieth century. Would Roosevelt have been as well known had it not been for the Japanese Commander who designed the bombing of Pearl Harbor? Who would Eliot Ness be without Al Capone? This list can go on forever. Yes, even these negatives were a part of the journey in the world we have before us today. They are craters in the landscape of human nature.
A tragic event causes us to make a different decision, accompanied by great suffering. Do we need such suffering to make a different choice today? It’s almost as if God gets fed up with whispering, hoping we will take a moment from our self-absorbed egotistical lives and makes a statement in a big way. More suffering has been caused by us turning our back on what God has to say than when we take the time to listen. Abbey monks and saintly priests feel small suffering and are the most peaceful beings on the planet, yet they have very little in the way of possessions and have little necessity to ‘hurry’ anywhere. They do not carry watches to keep time because everything has its own time.
God is the perfect timekeeper if we only slow down and tune our ears to His voice. He never wastes our time and he is never boring. Sometimes he will nudge a little harder than we would wish. We come closer to perfect when we follow the path that God designed for us before the world was born. He has a plan for us. Trust Him and all will come clear.
Bio: Brian has written his poetry book, Poetry for Browsing, a collection of poems. The book may be purchased at www.publishamerica.net.
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