The very lilt of listen implies peace and comfort, deep breaths in and out, but don’t be fooled:
Listening is risky.
Yes, you might hear, be still, child. Or maybe just as likely, do that scary thing. Or fold that laundry. Or stop and look in her eyes. Hear what hurts her and don’t try to fix it.
See, you never can tell.
To listen is to slow and show up with not only ears, but hands open. Ready for what may come.
Last week, I was shocked by the words given form from my own mouth. I really had no idea they existed until they burst forth hot into the cool air of our bedroom. And I had to pay attention to the frightening reality wrapped up in them.
I am reminded of the story of Samuel. The little boy in the temple who three times heard a voice and mistook it for that of the priest, his leader, Eli.
How often have I done the same? Actually heard God’s voice in a whisper of branches or squawk of bird or laugh of children, in the lines of a song or in the buzz of the overhead light and not recognized it for what it was.
How often have I mistaken the rolling hum for the ordinary?
Eventually Samuel’s teacher instructed him to respond: “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Yes, God, speak.
When I listen, I suspect I will hear of Your holiness, goodness and grace.
Perhaps, do your part, but not all.
Lay down your rights, but not your dignity.
Show up, daughter, with willingness and even small faith and courage.
I don’t know what I will hear, but I do know I can trust the One speaking.
Joining with the Five Minute Friday community and today’s prompt: LISTEN.
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I loved reading your entry! It spoke so many truths to my heart and it was easy to relate to what you were saying/ writing. Thanks for sharing your talent :)
April, thank you for sharing the gift of your presence with me today.
This is so beautifully written and good to listen to. :) I really like your blog’s aesthetics, too.
Thanks so much, Denise. Just redesigned my website…I’m definitely loving how it feels. :) Bless you today.
THIS: “To listen is to slow and show up with not only ears, but hands open. Ready for what may come.” May we all be more like Samuel. I’m in the 56 spot this week.
Amen, Tara. I’m in the word “servant” again this morning. I want to be about my Lord’s work, his purposes and not mine. A posture of humility for sure…I have much to learn from Samuel! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
I’ve always loved the story of young Samuel and I loved what you said, “How often have I mistaken the rolling hum for the ordinary?” I’ve probably done more than I can count.
Me too, friend. Me too. Praying for our eyes and ears to be opened today.
Such a beautiful reminder in so many ways!
Thank you, sister. So wonderful to “see” you here. I love you.
“To listen is to slow and show up with not only ears, but hands open. Ready for what may come.” YES!
True listening often requires an action of some kind, doesn’t it, Barbie? Thank you for your presence. ❤️
I love this reminder to listen
Thanks dear Ashley
Thank you, my love. ❤️
Hello, there! I loved your perspective on just one, simple word. It’s true that listening is scary and we must be open to receiving these messages from the Universe, or else we just might miss out! :) Thanks for sharing.
Hi to you! The messages are everywhere, and so part of the fear in listening is not only what we will hear that we are to do (or not do), but separating from all the noise that which is not true or simply not for us. Thanks for your comment!