I sure hope that isn’t what happened to any of you dear people who’ve been on spring break recently, but that was our experience in March when we went to Florida for a medical meeting. It was “Bikers’ Week” and the highways were jammed with college kids and motorcyclists, but we had the beach to ourselves due to the icy winds and blowing sand.
In Michigan where I live, it actually snowed again last night! 😦 Try as we may, we don’t always get what we hope for! Thankfully, when we were at Daytona Beach in March, we had our winter coats, so we just bundled up and hiked the beach anyway. (That’s Alan in the distance, who can outrun me any day!)
Like the Whos down in Whoville who refused to let the Grinch steal Christmas, may we find joy in our imperfect lives rather than dismay in our unfulfilled expectations! As Robert Louis Stevenson put it: “Make the most of the best and the least of the worst.”
“Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Song of Solomon 8:13 “Cause me to hear it.” Speak to me! Sing to me! Let me hear your voice. Tell me what’s on your mind and in your heart. Tell me about your fears and worries. How can I help you if I don’t know what’s troubling you? Tell me about your joys and triumphs. Let me rejoice with you. Tell me about your loves and hatreds. I want to understand you. I want you to understand yourself. I want you to understand me. Speak to me. I want to know that you hunger and thirst for me. I am the Bread of Life and the Water of Life. If you open your mouth wide, I will fill it. Cause me to hear your voice!
Are there times in your life when you feel that God isn’t listening to you? If so, examine yourself and ask God to reveal any sin that might be separating you. “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2). If you feel that you cannot hear the Lord’s voice speaking to you, and that your voice is falling on deaf ears, then lift up your voice and “cause me to hear it!” “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7). “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). Sometimes it’s possible to feel distant even if we’re not knowingly rebelling against God’s clear guidance from scripture or his Spirit’s still small voice in our hearts. That has happened to me. Sometimes things are going so smoothly that I just start to wander off a bit on my own, not paying attention because the way looks clear. When I realize I’m feeling empty and distant, I now understand that I’ve been drifting, and I cry out to God, “Help! I want to be close to you!” As the psalmist wrote: “Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it!” (Psalm 69:18).
The Lord is so good! “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry” (Psalm 34:15). A note of comfort: All believers are “righteous” by definition because we are justified by Christ. His righteousness has been imputed to us (see Romans 4:11). “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me” (Proverbs 8:17). “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you” (James 4:8). God wants to hear our voice calling out to him. This is his last request to us…the last thing he has asked us to do on this earth before he returns to carry us off as his eternal bride! Like the fiancé who is gone and loves to hear his beloved’s voice on the phone…our Lord longs to hear our voice! Have you ever wanted to know what God’s will is for you? Look at I Thessalonians 5:16-18. “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Let him hear your voice. Cause him to hear it!