Hearing His voice....in the midst of the jungle

On my drive to work each morning, I often spend a little extra time in prayer.  I also like to listen to inspirational music while I'm driving.  It just seems to get my day going in the right direction.

Most of the time, I'm listening to contemporary Christian music when I'm in my car.  But the other morning, I decided to put my play list on "shuffle" instead of one particular artist and enjoy whatever song came up.

About two songs in, the speakers began to blast the screeching guitar sounds of Welcome to the Jungle.  Don't judge.  You know you have some oldies (not necessarily goodies) on your play list too ;)

I was a child of the 80's when the hair was big and spandex ruled the fashion world.  Life was wild and crazy back then, but you know what?  It can still get a little wild and crazy at times today.

Sometimes life does feel like a jungle!  In this dog-eat-dog world, everything seems to be fast-paced without regard to what is right or wrong.  Everyone seems to be in a hurry but not getting much done in the process.

As I continued to listen to the song and think about this, a familiar scripture came to my mind.  Psalm 46:10 - "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth".

I can clearly remember these words spoken to my heart years ago all "out of the blue".  It was during a difficult time in my life when I was being forced to make some major life decisions.  During this time, I clung desperately to God's Word as I sought His Will and direction for my life.

As I reflect back on God's faithfulness during that time, I can't help but to think about the peace and calm that surrounded me as I learned to be still and listen to him.....really listen to what He was speaking to my heart.  I had to learn that to really hear what God was telling me, I had to stop trying to "fix" things on my own.  I had to learn that a conversation has two parts - speaking and listening.  If we're always talking, we won't be able to hear what He's saying to us.  And when we don't hear Him, we sometimes suffer terrible consequences for our actions.

So in the "jungle of life" that we sometimes find ourselves in today, I'd like to encourage you to take the words of Psalm 46:10 to heart. When life gets crazy and hectic, (and it will) remember to listen for that still, small voice.  He will calm your fears and give you a peace that surpasses all understanding.  He is God..and we are not.

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