Wednesday, July 28, 2010

He Speaks to Me


This is my father’s World
And to my listening ears
All nature sings and round me rings
The beauty of the spheres
This is my Father’s world
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees
Of skies and seas
His hand the wonders wrought

This is my Father’s world
The birds their carols raise
The morning light
The lily white,
Declare their maker’s praise
This is my father’s world
He shines in all that’s fair
In the rustling grass I hear him pass
He speaks to me everywhere

 

If my ears are listening, and my eyes are open, and I have quieted my heart,
I will see that He is speaking to me everywhere.

In the tender plant leaning earnestly toward the Light. Psalm 63:8
 

In the wilting flower baskets, who need twice as much water in intense heat. Psalm 146:6 

 

In the song of a bird that reminds me to give thanks for the joy of music.  Psalm 100:1,2

Even the simple everyday acts become holy moments of worship:
Bandaging a nasty owie, I am reminded that I come by the blood, not by my righteousness.  Is. 53:5

Smiling over the baby as he drifts off to sleep as I sing to him impresses upon me the Truth that God is smiling  and singing over me, the child he loves.  Zeph. 3:17

Watching the children run out the door with open arms yelling “Daddy, daddy!” upon his arrival conjures up images of my worship time with Abba, Father this morning.  Do I show such adoration and devotion? Psalm 71:23

He speaks to me…everywhere.
His Word.
His Creation.
His People. 
Life.



If my eyes are open, and my ears are open, and my heart is open,
I will witness His wonderful, intimate presence all around me,
speaking to me, teaching me, nurturing me.
  My loving heavenly Father, patiently parenting his little girl.

Perhaps you are yearning for His presence, but coming up empty.
  Could it be that you, too, need to unclutter your life a bit, turn down the noise of the world,
and slow down your pace until you can unwind enough to HEAR? 
I invite you to say NO to some good opportunities this week.
Instead, schedule in a big block of NOTHING in your date book, and don’t let anything touch it. 
During that time, you can begin to unwind. 
Light some relaxing candles, go outside, or wherever is peaceful for you, and  just sit.
  No music, no TV, no video, only the natural sounds of you and your family. 
Look, enjoy, mentally thank God for all the blessings in your life.  Running water, breath, the moment. 
After a time, you may begin to earnestly pray.  Don’t forget to stick around long enough to 
listen to God’s response.
 

I have enjoyed this time of NOTHING so much, I do it everyday. 
Usually in the morning, children running all around me, sitting next to me, or on me.
  It doesn’t matter, they are part of God’s creation, and often the
little things they do are the very images God uses to teach me that day. 
Only then, with my heart properly settled, can I get well watered by the Scriptures,
turn on my favorite sweet music, and worship while we go about our morning. 
Once my heart is quiet, 
I feel more teachable…
wide open to learn and experience my great and mighty God at work in my life,
speaking to me.

“Be still,
And know that I am God.”
Psalm 46:10






holy experience

4 comments:

Lisa notes... said...

He speaks to me everywhere. Love the song, your pictures, the scriptures. A big block of NOTHING—it sounds inviting. Thanks for the blessing today.

Melissa said...

Julianne! You remember me of the wonder of God through nature...how beautiful it all is. I can tend to get so busy I miss the stillness that is required to seek His face.

Love the lyrical style of your writing!

Julianne said...

It really does take having time to unwind, and be still before one can Listen to God. In my previous hectic lifestyle, I had a life based on faith, knowing but not necessarily feeling or experiencing the depth of God's goodness that I am able to enjoy now that I have slowed down my pace to the point that I am able to sit at his feet, listen, and receive so much more.

scraps of starlight said...

This is such a special post, that speaks to my heart profoundly today.
I will take your advice :)
Thanking you deeply for it.