Listening for God requires us to be tuned in with all of our senses. God may speak to us through our ears, but more often God speaks to us through our hearts, minds, souls, and even our bodies.
We need to learn to be open to listening to God on God’s terms, not necessarily our own.
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They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. And he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.”
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The idea of place is extremely important to us. We see, hear, smell, and feel. How many times have you walked into a place and thought, “Wow, this is very comfortable,” or “Good grief, this is one of the most uncomfortable places I’ve ever been”?
There's a scene in the movie Hugo where Hugo ascends to the inner workings of the main clock tower in the Paris train station. From his secret perch, he's able to see the beautiful, light-filled city of Paris, to get away while the world is asleep, and to think about his life as an orphan.
It was of great importance for Jesus to do the same. There, without any distractions, he was able to pray, to listen for God’s voice, and to share with his disciples his deepest emotions.
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Present and loving God, encourage me to seek out quiet places in my life so that I may hear you. Amen.next >
What might God be calling you to do this school year? Listen and respond.
As you go on your way today, continue listening for God’s voice in surprising and unexpected ways.
Listen for God!
Rich Richards is the director of music and worship arts at Alamance Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC. He has been active in youth, recreation, music and creative arts ministries in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for over ten years. Rich will be co-authoring the 2013 Presbyterian Youth Triennium Manual with his wife, Grier Booker Richards. They live in Greensboro with their son, Olsen.