"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

Do you hear what I hear?

The Bell 2

Sometimes I walk, just for the sake of walking.  I like the smell and the feel of the fresh air, the ability to clear my mind as I gaze among the greener things of life.  I take in the sights and sounds around me, and just let the peace of God come over me.  It’s not always that way; quiet, or peaceful.  Sometimes the traffic starts to whirl, buzz, honk, and then my mind follows suit.  Like a highway of thoughts in need of a traffic controller. Sometimes storms happen, and distractions take away my peace.

If I could just tune out the world enough – the cell phones, social media, advertisements and lures of the world around me.  Could I find a place where I could sit in quiet wonderment and really hear God’s voice?  How does he speak anymore?  Does he have a voice?  Who does He speak to?

One beautiful spring day I was walking downtown, and out of nowhere I started to hear church bells.  I immediately smiled when I heard them.  There’s something about the sound of bells that cause a sense of peace for me.  The sound is so melodic, and enchantingly beautiful.  Rugged yet classically noted.

The Bell is deeply rooted in British history. From as far back as the fourteenth century and prior I’m sure.  They were used to signify major life events – babies being born, weddings, calls to worship, and for prayer.  In pagan culture it was believed that the bell warded off evil spirits.  At Christmas time when I hear the bells, it’s like a call to worship, remember, and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  God can speak to us in many ways.  Through prayer, His word, through promptings of many kinds.  Nature, music, whatever is significant to you He will use.

In the account of the Christmas story, God spoke to a lowly shepherd through an Angel of the Lord.

“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”  – Luke 2:8-12

  The lord has a voice as big as the sea; however, He generally speaks in a small still voice. (1 Kings 19:12)  He told the shepherd there was great news.  He didn’t shout it over the land, or call up the government of that time.  I do not believe God will contact Justin Trudeau when He’s about to come back.  The bible says He will come like a thief in the night.  (1 Thessalonians 5:2)   He is saying, Watch for me, hear my voice, Know that I am coming back, just Listen for me.  There will be many false prophets in the future, television broadcasts claiming to have seen Jesus.  But as Christians we know how the Lord will come back. (Zechariah 14:1-4)  He will speak to the hearts of His people as we near His coming back, and give us signs; but, He will come like a thief in the night.   (1 Thessalonians 5:2)

Is God speaking to you?  How have you experienced it?  The wise men knew in their hearts when the star appeared, that it was God speaking to them and guiding them.  He speaks to each of us differently.  Sometimes it’s through a song, a person, or a beautiful day where the sun seems to shine brighter than before.  Listen for the still small voice that sings to your soul.

 

Said the night wind to the little lamb,

Do you see what I see?

Way up in the sky, little lamb,

Do you see what I see

A star, a star, dancing in the night

With a tail as big as a kite

With a tail as big as a kite

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy,

Do you hear what I hear?

Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,

Do you hear what I hear

A song, a song, high above the trees

With a voice as big as the sea

With a voice as big as the sea

Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king,

Do you know what I know?

In your palace warm, mighty king,

Do you know what I know

A Child, a Child shivers in the cold

Let us bring Him silver and gold

Let us bring Him silver and gold

Said the king to the people everywhere,

Listen to what I say?

Pray for peace, people everywhere!

Listen to what I say

The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night

He will bring us goodness and light

He will bring us goodness and light

The lord speaks to us, we just need to See, Hear, Know and Listen.   Do you hear what I hear?



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