Theatres, recording studios, and even home media rooms have all had a lot of time and money perfecting the acoustics. From special wall treatments to ceiling panels, and probably a host of other “things” of which I have no idea! All techniques and tools to enhance the art of listening. The aim of bringing clarity, purity to the sound being made.
I’m no sound expert or even remotely interested in the science of it, but as always it has me on a tangent. Learning to hear from God is a lifelong journey of discovery. God is constantly speaking to us in a myriad of ways. He doesn’t restrict how He speaks to us today by how He spoke to us yesterday. And as much as people spend time creating spaces with special acoustic treatments we need to create an atmosphere for listening to God in our lives. Jenn Johnson of Bethel Music said this “My life is worship; I stay connected to the Lord always. Sometimes we can all feel when the connection is not as strong, it’s ok because it’s life. Even if you have 5 seconds in your car when you are driving, turn your affection to the Lord. When you are shopping for groceries just say, “I love You so much”. Stay in your connection with Him throughout the day.”
Builders might be armed with acoustical foam, diffusers and panelling, but all we need to be armed with is a heart that is set towards God and an expectation that God is speaking to us.
Whatever you are doing in your day take time to incline your ear to God.
My 3 year old loves kinder surprises. In fact all my boys do. There is much excitement whenever they receive one. And their excitement is not so much for the chocolate egg, although don’t get me wrong, that is very quickly demolished! Their excitement is for the yellow container within the egg and the promise of the toy inside. Particularly at the moment as each egg holds the potential for containing a superhero collectable. The excitement when a superhero toy does prove to be inside is huge.
It doesn’t take a prophetic gift to see the junk in our lives. It does however, require the eyes of God to see broken people like Simon (broken reed) and in the midst of their brokenness, call them Peter (Rock). Most people know what is wrong with them but they are unaware of the greatness that God has placed in their lives. That is what prophecy does it calls out the greatness. It finds that yellow container with the gift inside of it and brings it into the open.
In Saul’s first encounter with the Prophet Samuel, he says “Am I not a Benjamite of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak to me in this way?”
The story goes on to describe how Samuel anoints Saul king and tells him that he is going to encounter a group of prophets coming down from the hills. When he joins them, he will be changed into another man. By the time Saul turned to leave, he was changed into another man. He was transformed back into the man that he was designed to be from the beginning. The real man who was hidden under low self esteem and sin was revealed and restored.
Low self esteem has caused many people to lose sight of the greatness that God has place in them. The goal of the gift of prophecy is to bring out the best in people. It is to mine for that gold and find the hidden treasure in peoples’ lives. It is to look past the negative, to prophecy the answer not the problem.
At the end of the day the chocolate egg is long gone, but the toys – well, they are treasured and collected. They’re the real gift.
There is treasure inside of me! There is treasure inside of you! And God is longing for that treasure to be revealed and released to the world around us!
I found myself on Sunday, partaking of a leisure time activity called a “Sunday Drive”. Apparently this recreational activity is done by enough people to merit its own Wikipedia page. For me, it was an unintentional decision, that turned out to be a good one.
I had decided that a ride in the car was just what the boys needed. We’d been to Church in the morning, but late afternoon cabin fever seemed to be hitting the boys. Husband had a migraine, so I decided the boys and I would take a mini road trip. We headed out, no destination in mind, stopped off at a bakery to get a treat for the boys and a coffee for me. Then after meandering around some leafy suburbs, I decided to take them to my old primary school, where we hopped out and they had a play at the playground. In the car we sang, told Knock Knock jokes and made up stories.
We all came back refreshed, happy and invigorated.
Sometimes, our quiet times with God just need a Sunday drive – something to freshen things up a bit. If you’re finding it hard to hear from God or connect – try changing a few of things you do from changing the time of day, the location, the music, to getting a new journal or Bible. Something that invigorates your quiet times again.
As for Sunday drives – I plan to take them more often!