But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray (in seclusion).~Luke 5:16 AMP
The ice was getting thicker on the trees as the temperature hovered at 32 degrees. As forecast the tree limbs and power lines were sagging with the weight of the glistening coat. My husband and I continued with our day, holding our breath in expectation of what might happen if the temperature remained at the freezing point.
As anticipated the power went off. We had prepared and prayed that this would be a short-term experience. As I huddled, wrapped in a blanket, looking out the window at what could be described as a beautiful scene, I noted the silence. No television, no humming of the appliances, no clicking of the furnace coming to life. Not even traffic passing by. Do we realize the subtle noise and distractions that surround us daily? We become accustomed to a level of noise and learn to ignore it, until they are missing.
In the silence I began to hear other sounds, rain splattering against the windows, ice pebbles hitting the roof, frozen branches clattering in the wind. No man-made sounds, just the sound of God’s creation.
Have you noticed that the words “silent” and “listen” contain the same letters? They are anagrams.
Yes, we do have to be silent to listen. When you are silent, what do you hear? Are you surrounded by peace or does fear take over your thoughts? Is God speaking to you, but the noise of life is drowning Him out? A lot can be missed when we don’t listen. Listening and then hearing God takes effort. It is not something we do automatically. A willing heart, and a quiet place to retreat to, are two things that help us to hear the Lord’s soft voice.
Jesus Himself knew He needed time away to talk to and hear from His Father.~Glenda Shouse, contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships
Jesus Himself knew He needed time away to talk to and hear from His Father. In Luke 5:16 Amplified, He reveals His desire to be alone. “But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray (in seclusion)”. He calls us to come to Him not just to pray but to listen. Our Savior needed time in the silent place. So, do we.
Do you have a special time and place to listen?
Father God, thank You for speaking to our hearts in the quiet times we share with You. Thank You for the Holy Spirit that gently whispers to us as we seek to hear Your voice.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
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Meet Our Contributor
Glenda Shouse is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, and a contributing author to Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Glenda’s prayer shawl ministry, Three-Strand Cord, focuses on imparting hope to ladies going through difficult times. Each recipient is gifted with a hand-crocheted or knitted prayer shawl she has prayed over with each stitch. When possible, Glenda delivers these shawls personally and prays with the recipients.
Those who know Glenda well are aware of her gifting as a prayer warrior. She is a powerhouse of prayer because of her close relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
She is published at Answers2Prayer, Christian Devotions Ministries, PresbyCan, The Upper Room, and other ministries.
In her spare time, Glenda enjoys her role as “Grammy” to her two grandsons. She also enjoys reading, crocheting, and knitting.
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