Our new home is only a few miles from the train tracks. I never really paid much attention to the train, unless I was stopped on East Ave waiting for it to pass. I couldn’t hear the train much from my home either. At least, I thought I couldn’t hear it!
Then something amazing happened… the weather cooled off.
We were able to open our windows and sleep without the air conditioner running full blast. It was lovely. However, it was also loud. I could hear this train. Interestingly enough the train comes through Chico quite often. It passes through town at least three times a night. It also blows its horn the entire time.
It woke me up every time. All I could think was… “It’s the dumb train again.”
The train comes through town during the day as well.
I never hear the train during the day. I am home most days, yet I never hear it.
For one thing, everything is quiet at night. The house is settled and still. The neighborhood is quiet. (Our neighborhood is new and not finished, so it’s full of trucks, construction workers, dirt and noise). The TV has been shut off for the night and the kids are finally silent. I have no other distractions other than the desire to sleep.
I hear the train, because the rest of the world is quiet.
The train is there all other times, but my life prevents me from focusing on it. I do not hear the train because I am bombarded with other noises and needs.
The voice of God works the same way.
His voice is always present, I just can’t always hear it. I must come to a point of quiet to hear His still small voice. The world is a noisy place. His voice is a whisper. I must come to a quiet place and still my own thoughts in order to hear His. It is a practice much like going to sleep each night. I don’t sleep by accident. I sleep on purpose. I decide what time I will go to bed and then I turn off the TV, the lights, the noise and close my eyes. Listening to God works the same way… I must pick a time, turn off the distractions of my life and listen. (Closing the eyes is optional).
Listen…. Can you hear the train?
“The LORD said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” I Kings 19:11-12
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