Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Short Cut to Hearing His Voice

God whispers to us in our pleasure, but He shouts to us in our pain.

by Rick Warren in Daily Hope Devotional, titled “Tuning in to God”

She lay prostate on the cold tile floor, her head resting in a puddle of tears.

"Why God?" she asked, "Where are You?"

It will be okay.

"How? How will it ever be okay again?"

Do not fear. I am with you.

"I'm scared and tired and I can't do this anymore."

You don't have to. Let me.

"Can it really be that simple, Lord?"

Trust Me. I will be with you. I'll see you through.

With every sob a bit of tension released and soon her body could expel no more.

Do not fear.

She lay quiet, her breathing returning to its normal rhythm.

I am with you.

She sat up and dried her face.

I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you.

Though no circumstances changed, a miracle occurred. As she gave up control to trust His plan, her heart allowed hope to enter.

None of us like experiencing pain, but pain is the short cut to hearing God's voice. It forces us to seek Him like nothing else and He promises we will find Him when we seek Him.

Is pain stalking you, stealing your joy, making your life miserable? Take it to Almighty God. Take advantage of the awesome privilege to listen to Him speak specifically to you.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:17-18

Visit Debbie at Heart Choices to read more impressions of this quote.

Photo Credit: Megyarsh


MiPa said...

Such an amazing promise that we will find him if we seek him. I'm trying to learn to do the seeking before the pain gets so overwhelming. But I am thankful that he uses my pain to speak to me in such an intimate way.

Hope you hear the blessings of God this week!

shopannies said...

your post is great and you are so right he is there is only we listen

Karen said...

:Gave up control to His trust plan" that was well said. Wow what a picture you painted with your words. Good job!

Debbie said...

This is beautifully written Tami!

Loni pointed out to me that this quote was originally C.S.Lewis' words. Rick Warren included it in the daily devotional I read. But I guess I missed that it was originally C.S. Lewis. I corrected it on my post and I'm sorry about that.

"As she gave up control to trust His plan, her heart allowed hope to enter."

This quote of Tami's could easily be used for another IOWT quote. Love it.


Jaime Kubik said...

This is a lesson I am slowly learning....Proverbs 3:5-6 "trust in the Lord and lean NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING..." My wise sister! You have such a gift in your writing! Wisdom and feeling in your words!

Denise said...

Wonderful post.

Claudia said...

Without hope, we feel defeated. How wonderful that when we let God in, He restores our hope. Thank you for the reminder.