Words linger on in receptive minds and hearts. They outlive the moment of their birth.
Whether written, spoken or sung, soul utterances speak soul-deep and can have eternal meaning and resonance.
Though some have a bitter taste (perhaps when correction is required?), others express sweetness learnt in the dark places, the deep spaces where God speaks to those eager to hear from Him.
Last year, with ‘Listen’ as my #oneword365, was a time of more intentional listening for me as God drew me into closer communion with Him.
A period to perfect the art of listening… in theory, at least. A time to lean toward greater intimacy with the Lover of my soul.
Although, it is something I was already doing long before last year, and something I will continue to do for the rest of my life, always relying heavy on grace to show me the way.
How can we ever become so accustomed to God’s voice that we lose the wonder of being able to hear it?
How can I stop trying to catch those prayer whispers on the wind?
It’s a habit I would hate to grow out of. A way of life necessary as breathing.
So here I am, expressing oh so imperfectly in poetry, just a tiny taster of how precious it was, and still is, to attempt to hear from God.
You whispered in the silence
of my waiting, watchful heart
It was hard at first to listen
but I was keen to make a start
My heart stilled expectantly
My soul sought to give You ear
My pen ready to savour
words of wisdom from You here
Sometimes I wrote hastily
so I didn’t miss a thing
Or waited for words to arrive
for the offering You would bring
I soon learnt I shouldn’t come
with an impatient, restless soul
Thought time spent in Your Presence
would restore and make me whole
Then as I went about my day
tuning my heart to hear
I found You spoke willingly
and I could sense You near
You have been training me
to pay attention, to heed
the soft whispers of Your voice
The soothing balm I truly need
As I go through the year ahead
I pray I’ll remember, hold dear
the things You have said
to guide, reveal, repair
And pass on Your wisdom
to other hungry hearts
who long for the messages
which Your voice imparts
You may wonder what ‘word’ God has given me for 2015. However, it felt right to linger longer with listening for a while before letting it go as my main word to mull over.
And I’d like to encourage you to persevere in your own times of listening to God, to take opportunities you may have for a few minutes pausing in prayer, and ask Him to speak to you in the silence of your heart.
It can feel rather frustratingly like trying to find the right radio frequency at first, but that makes it all the more precious when you can ‘tune in’ and hear His voice, and it will get easier over time.
I hope to write a poem soon about my new #oneword365 it but you can read the big reveal over at ‘Words of Joy’ if you’re eager to know it now!
**Note** ~ I’m a bit late catching up with things after being particularly unwell since Christmas, but I hope to pen poetry here as often as God gives me words to write and energy to share them. The poem above was actually written a few weeks ago, waiting for a moment such as this to air. A rather belated ‘Happy New Year’ to you all! Thank you for your support throughout 2014. I really appreciate it. 🙂