17For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”Zephaniah 3:17
This is one of my favorite pictures in scripture. It is intimacy, love, security and joy all wrapped up into one grand image of God’s heart toward his children. Just as a child, nestled in her parent’s arms, is soothed by the soft song of love sung over her, God holds me. He calms my fears. He soothes my worries. He sings songs of love over me.
In the past, I wrote regarding God’s voice in my life. It is quiet, surprising, expected, extravagant and humble all at the same time. It is the rustling of the birds through the trees; it is the waves rythmically moving in and out on the beach; it is the laughter of children; it is the quietness of butterflies; it is the breeze in the trees. I don’t want to miss a single moment or any whisper of God’s love for me.
That is my prayer for you today. May your hearts be filled with the knowledge and power of his loving presence in all of its magnificent calm.
What will you do to ensure you don’t miss a single thing?
In her devo “God’s got this: 40 devotions of courageous faith” Heidi Baker writes about a fellow missionary couple. The husband’s passion/gift was photography, he and his wife were in a wildlife preserve in Africa with a new camera. He was excited about a herd of elephants he saw ahead and ran closer with his camera, out of view of his wife, while shouting encouragingly that she should catch up. In that moment of excitement she heard God say “If you go your children will have no parents” she hesitated and he repeated himself (I love that God does that) “If you go your children will have no parents” She ran back to their vehicle and raced for help. When help arrived, he was dead, killed by an elephant.
I want to be able to hear God like that, I want to learn to hear him in the moment when it feels like my world is ending or its chaotic or painful. What I will do is continue to learn to hear him when I am quiet, calm, connecting with him and believing that the better I hear him when my world is calm the more likely I will be able to hear him when my world is LOUD. Taking a moment, a hesitation, to listen for him even when the situation in front of me is urgent.