His Message; Your Voice


Picture taken among the Redwoods of beautiful Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center

The air was crisp when I ventured out early one morning to walk Mount Hermon’s Sequoia Trail. Two days had passed at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference and I was eager to spend some time alone with my Lord. I walked about a quarter mile among the beautiful redwoods before stopping to rest on a wooden bench. A bird chirped above me in the trees while gentle waters rolled across the rocks in a stream below.

Just then I sensed God say to me, “Close your eyes and listen.” So I did. “How many birds do you hear?”

Up to this point, I had been aware of only two birds, one chirping above me and another off to my right. I closed my eyes and listened. Immediately, I heard a songbird behind me. Had it been singing all along? Then something resembling, “hoot, hoot” echoed high above the branches. Somewhere in the distance, a dove cooed. I began to count. Two … three … four … I hadn’t noticed that there were so many different birds nearby… five … There’s another one! … six … then down below a duck intruded on the chorus with an abrupt ‘quack!’… Seven! I count seven, Lord! Wow, when my eyes were open, I only noticed two. How cool, I thought to myself; such variety! I started to chuckle as my mind wandered to my writing. Praying silently, I mused, which sound am I, Lord … the duck?

I sensed God’s smile, “Your voice, my child, is still unheard.” I bowed my head, surrendering to His will when I heard Him continue, “… but one day it will be.”

I found God’s promise so encouraging, I shared it with my mentoring group on the last morning of the conference – everyone was deeply encouraged.

I remember once reading an article which revealed that, just like fingerprints, every human being has a distinct voice pattern unlike any other. What a beautiful picture! Our God is a creative God and He rarely repeats Himself. As Christians, each of us has been given His Message of truth and love to share with the world and no two persons will voice it in the same way. May we each stay true to our call; stay true to our voice for it has been given to us for a purpose that no other person can fulfill. Let us surrender all of ourselves to God: our writing, our ministry, our dreams, our hopes, trusting that He, in His perfect timing and perfect will, will make our voice heard for His great glory.

And yet, we each have been given a voice for something even far more precious for the highest purpose for our voice is yet to come: on that Glorious Day when the trumpet calls us home and we bow to our glorious King Jesus, joining with His heavenly hosts in one majestic voice, singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lamb!”

Amen! Come soon, Lord Jesus, come!

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  1. Sandi Miller April 7, 2015 #

    Precious….beautiful……thank you….

  2. Karen Foster April 9, 2015 #

    Thanks for sharing! I remember meeting you at Mt. Hermon.

    Many years ago, God laid it on my heart to share a message. As a writer, it was natural for me to think : WRITE IT DOWN! Write an article. Write a book.

    But God has often used me and shown me–we LIVE the message. For example, if God taught me He is trustworthy, then I hold onto that reality during difficult circumstances

    And speaking about trusting God doesn’t have to wait till I’m standing behind a podium.

    We share our testimonies—the lessons God has taught us, and the way He has changed our lives–by speaking to the people God brings into our life.

    When we listen for God’s voice, we’ll know when and how to speak to others about the Great things HE has done.

    May the Lord continue to use your voice.

    And yes, I loved hearing the many birds! 🙂

    • Shadia Hrichi April 10, 2015 #

      Blessings, Karen – and amen! Thank you so much for your wise words and encouragement! 😀

  3. Judy Herman April 13, 2015 #

    Beautifully expressed, Shadia. I’m inspired by your encouragement to write and speak and meet God in the midst of nature. I identify with your passion and appreciate your message!

    • Shadia Hrichi April 14, 2015 #

      Blessings, Judy! Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂 To God be the glory!

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