So, I've been feeling somewhat scattered and unfocused this week .....a chameleon on plaid. Ah, to be still and just listen to the still, small voice!
But wait a minute! Are the messages I hear just wishful thinking? Maybe my own fears are speaking to me? You know, those old elements of mental chatter that tell me, "You're not good enough." There's a feeling God is always speaking, but I don't have the right channel tuned in to hear His call!
How do we know the difference between the voice of Spirit and the voice that we might call "Ego"?
Help is here for the asking, but I need to practice a little silence.
That's hard, you know!
For instance..... Have you had occasion to travel by plane recently? You know, it's noisy! You're in a sealed environment, lots of people are talking, getting settled in .... and then there's this voice over the intercom, telling us about seat belts and oxygen masks and floating devices.
Everyone's too busy to listen.
Here is a test that I've been encouraged to use: If the voice is saying something that makes me feel afraid, intense, or angry, that is not the answer. But if the voice is telling me, "You've got this handled, there is no fear, God is with you." --that is the voice I trust.
God once asked, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" Now there's a call for accountability! A question we ought to have asked ourselves ... were we not so busy.
Perhaps it's good, whatever prompts us to become still, to get alone with our thoughts, our prayers - even if it feels like depression or sorrow or self-pity. OK, it's a doorway. We're going to emerge with a different outlook; we're going to come out of that cave empowered to answer His challenge, "What are you doing here?".