The Moon is now well over halfway lit. It will soon be full. It shines brighter than it has so far. It illuminates our world as a reminder of how God illuminates our hearts. This night reminds us of the gift of counsel. This gift is not about us counseling others but how God counsels us. Sometimes we call it a conscience. Sometimes we call it intuition. What it is, is God speaking to us in a still, small voice.
Behold, Yahweh passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before Yahweh; but Yahweh was not in the wind. After the wind an earthquake; but Yahweh was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire passed; but Yahweh was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. – 1 Kings 19: 11 – 13
But do we listen? Can we try to listen more? There is a thing called “saying your prayers.” But how would you feel if a loved one called you on the phone and told you all about their problems, asked you for help and without listening to or even waiting for a reply they just hung up. What good is that? I suppose venting is a psychological release but it does not solve the problem. One should not just hang up on God. When you pray, it is a conversation. You must listen as well. The less you talk the more you hear. One sided conversations are not conversations at all.
But even then, even when you don’t listen God still finds a way to get His point across. Not always as dramatically as in the Bible:
But Saul, still breathing threats and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked for letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he traveled, it happened that he got close to Damascus, and suddenly a light from the sky shone around him. He fell on the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
He said, “Who are you, Lord?”
The Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise up, and enter into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” – Acts 9: 1 – 6
Sometimes, but not always. Listen to God. Pray AND Meditate. You must do both. Meditation in the way of just making your mind a blank slate does not help. You must focus on God, listen for His Word. Sit and listen for that still small voice. But why pray when God already knows everything? Because it strengthens our bond with Him, just as much as telling a good friend about something that you had both experienced. We do that all the time and it is good talk. It strengthens our bonds with one another, just as prayer strengthens our bonds with Him.
Please join me in prayer.
“I come to you, my God, with a grateful heart. Thank You, O Lord for surrounding me with your unconditional Love and Divine Acceptance. Thank You, O Lord for showering me with all your sacred blessings. Please open my heart so that I am truly grateful for all that you have done, are doing and will do, now and forever. I am grateful for the gift of Counsel. I am grateful to be able to meditate and hear Your voice. I am grateful that You hear my prayers. I am grateful for this bond that we have together and ask that You open my heart to You so that it can be stronger. I am grateful for Your Love. For all these things – Thank You, O Lord. Amen.”
Please meditate and listen to God.
Peace be with you.