Recently, in my Listening on the Journey… blog posts, I’ve been focusing on what I call A Magnificent Obsession: Listening for God’s Voice. While listening to Christmas music a few days ago, I was reminded that when it comes to listening with one’s spirit, God speaks in a variety of ways.
God’s design for each of us is unique. In addition to our distinctive physical and personality traits, each life tells a different story, developed through diverse family of origin, cultural and generational influences. Each factor seems to influence the way in which God speaks to individuals.
I’m one of those people who absolutely loves Christmas! Many of my friends don’t care a whole lot for the hoopla of this holy holiday, but I adore most everything Christmas!
Ron laid down a household ‘law’ a few years ago: No Christmas music played until the day following Thanksgiving. We still abide by his loosely-laid-down ‘law,’ but, naturally, since I’m a lover of Christmas, I’m always excited when we begin listening to the cherished music of this blessed season.
A Christmas song I like very much is the simple but touching tune asking this question: Do You Hear What I Hear.
God knows the one-of-a kind you and the inimitable me, and chances are we will not hear the divine voice in the same way. While I believe this is amazing, I also realize spiritual listening can be fraught with problems.
Unique is wonderful, but I’ve heard some mighty strange stories about how people think God spoke to them. While it’s very important to me to listen with my heart for the voice of God, it’s also important not to be weird! That’s why I believe litmus tests are important. I have two firm rules.
- First, what God says to me must not contradict scripture, a point I covered in my last post.
- Secondly, it’s important to seek confirmation from reliable resources. I have a ‘rule of three’ I like to follow, which I’ll unwrap more in my next post.
Until then, I hope you are not only enjoying, but also hearing in a new way, some special sounds in your spirit during this magnificent time of the year!
Even nature, I believe, listens to the divine voice in unique ways. Each year the region in which we live is visited by flocks of majestic eagles during December and January who’ve “heard” in the special way only an eagle is designed to hear, that Lake Coeur d’Alene is filled with scrumptious kokanee salmon. A few days ago, during a walk along the lake, Ron caught this handsome fellow pondering the situation. Isn’t he an amazing creature?
- According to Wikipedia, Do You Hear What I Hear? was written in 1962 (lyrics by Noel Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker) as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I listened to this Carrie Underwood version while writing today’s post, and it was beautiful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad7KU9bCTAM ↑