Today is Five Minute Friday and I am linking up here this morning.
This is the day that writers from all over write on a prompt given for five minutes. No rewrites, no corrections — just pure unadulterated writing pour forth from the heart.
Today’s prompt is: whisper.
Remember playing the game telephone as a kid? Where one person starts by whispering into the ear of the person next to them and then it gets repeated over and over down the line until the last person has to repeat what was whispered to them. And usually the beginning message has been so distorted by the time it reaches the last person, who when telling everyone what they heard, brings about uncontrollable laughter.
It’s often hard to decipher what is being whispered. The words are spoken softly and we have to strain to hear. It requires a lot of concentration on our part to really listen and hear the words.
Ever feel that way when waiting on the Lord? Ever been searching for what you are meant to do or how to achieve something you dream of doing but it seems like it’s just never coming together?
How often in the past year I’ve talked to God on my morning walks or throughout my day — asking for direction, asking Him what it is He wants me to do, where I should be.
And how often I strained to hear. Was He answering me? Would I hear Him if He answered me? Was I being still enough to listen for Him amid all the chaos?
I would worry that I was missing something. Maybe I’d missed His answer. Maybe He had only whispered it and in my busyness had missed it or gotten it wrong.
“Wait for the Lord…” ~Psalm 37:34
But I didn’t miss it — He whispered at just the right time, in His perfect time. I just had to quiet myself and learn patience by trusting that I was right where He wanted me and He would show me the way when it was the right time.
Wow, five minutes is not enough time this morning to finish saying what I want to. My thoughts above are very scrambled but what I want to continue sharing is this:
In order to hear the Lord and not miss His whispering in our lives we have to learn to be content where we are and find the blessings in the life we live today — every day. And believe me, I’m speaking to myself.
I’m not a patient person, I want things now and hate waiting. But I feel God has been doing a work in my heart the past few months — working on me in this area. Where I was once not content and feeling there must be something more to my life He showed me that I was right where I needed to be. Where I struggled with wanting to do things my way and not very patient with waiting He helped me to slow down and reminded me over and over that I was doing exactly what I needed to be doing in my life.
And as I’ve developed more patience and have discovered contentment right where I’m at He opened a door to me and I feel confident He has been preparing my heart for such a time as this.
I honestly do not know exactly where it will take me — and even hold back for fear of what it will bring — but I do feel that by my learning to patiently wait on the Lord — listening for Him to speak to me — He has opened a door to a place He wants me to be.
So I will finish this by saying that sometimes I believe God’s answer may just be a whisper. A soft answer. Nothing grand and flamboyant — no neon signs with a flashing arrow pointing the way. Just a soft answer whispered in our ear for just us to hear.
A whisper that we can only hear when we’ve opened our heart and ears to Him.
I hope to unveil a new blog I’ve started working on as I’ve felt led to in the past couple weeks. And I continue to pray for His direction as I move forward — and I pray for a willing heart and ears to hear Him.