Nestled within the mother’s womb, the infant develops until the time arrives for him to take his first breath of fresh air. During those nine months, the little one lives in awareness of the sounds outside his present place of residence. Though muffled by water, his mother’s voice resonates over all others. When he merges into the outside world, no matter what might divert his attention, his mother’s voice instantly regains his full consideration.
In the same way, the Apostle John tells us that God’s children recognize the voice of their True Shepherd. When He speaks, their attention gravitates toward Him. He abides with them at all times, and they abide with Him. Even though the sounds of this life distract and pull their attention away, the Lord calls out to them bidding them to look upon Him again.
Do they always hear Him? Not always, but the Lord assures His children of His constant presence. He bellows for them to listen (similar to fire, thunder, and rain), when a pastor preaches a message that stomps on their toes or a verse slaps them in the face with conviction. He may shout for their attention with a near accident. In it He displays His protection and preservation, but He reminds them not only how short life can be but that He has a purpose for their lives.
Other times He whispers to them like a calm gentle breeze by sending a phone call or a card their way with encouraging words of gratitude for their friendship. Or He causes them unexpectedly to meet strangers who heard of their dilemma and prayed for them. He quietly reveals Himself when a song comes on the radio and the lyrics precisely describe their emotions.
All around the Lord yearns to make Himself known to His children. As His children, let’s listen for Him both in the stillness and in the noise each day.