Hearing what? Whisper......
"They were saying, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, "I have come down from heaven?"" (John 6:42)
When you are excited about something how do you shar it? OR when you want, or need, to get peoples attention how do you do it? It depends on the circumstances - doesn't it? With a group of kids you would, probably, do it differently than with a group of older adults. In a class room, or even in a building, different from outside. The size of the group can also determine how -- right? A large group versus one-on-one. I have a tendancy to talk to myself so make sur you have gotten my full attention if you are talking to me.
The readings, today, area bout what we do with what we hear. Paul is reminding the Epehsians, and us, how we are to be listening to, following and dowing what God is calling us to do - "live in love, as Christ loved us." (Ephesians 5:1) Jesus has been answering questions in the crowd of followers. This group is questioning what they are hearing and from whom they are hearing it - "whose father and mother we know?" (v. 42) This group of people are right there, seeing, and listening to, Jesus. Are we listening to Jesus? Do we hear Him in a "loud clear voice" or in a whisper? Are we following where Jesus is leading? The book, I am suggesting this week, is "Whisper" by Mark Batterson. It is a very interesting book about listening for the voice of God in our everyday lives.
Sometimes what we are hearing is a still, small voice - an idea in our hearts and heads. Sometimes it is a suggestion to pay for the person behind us, for someone's gas or groceries, or to give some money to the person asking on the corner. Sometimes it is the thought of someone you haven't thought of let alone talked to in quite a while -- pray for that person! Then call them, talk to them! Yes, as Caregivers, we are busy but we can take time to follow where God is leading. Something to think about.......
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