Push or Float?

28 Jan 2021

By Naomi Giles

One of the gifts of being a child of God is the voice of God, his deeply personal spoken Word to us.

God speaks to us through His word, through prayer and meditation, in the contemplation of nature, in conversation – and sometimes in very mundane moments when we have the ears to hear.

If ever there was a time we needed to hear these deeply personal words, surely it is now.  But as Elijah found, the clamour of our circumstances are not the best place to hear, but when we draw aside, or are taken aside;  The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” 1 Kings 19:11, NIV  And it was then that Elijah heard the whisper of God, His still small voice(Read the full story here)

In the early hours of a recent morning as I wrestled with problems seemingly too big to solve, I heard that whisper.

“Don’t push, float,” he said.

For those of you who know me well, you will know how fitting this living word is for me.  When I am anxious and stressed I tend to push myself very hard, and also can push those around me.

But to float you need to stop flailing about, relax your whole body, regulate your breathing and surrender in faith to be held by the wonderful mystery of water.

And so, I now have an invitation to live in this Word.  And I am reminding myself of it day-by-day as I am tempted to go back to pushing.

The One who has counted the hairs on our heads, surely knows the Living Word we need to hear.  

Can we open our ears and hearts to receive it?

Naomi Giles is the Ministry Team leader at NationsHeart in Canberra.

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