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, listening for His voice. 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.
Listening . . .
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.” What an encouragement!
Your Unique Voice
I once read an article which explained that, just like fingerprints, every human being has a distinct voice pattern. Who knew? Our God is so creative! He created each one of us for a purpose. In fact, God has strategically gifted and placed YOU in this world to be His witness. When you surrender all of yourself to God: your ministry, your hopes, your dreams – you can trust that in His perfect timing, He will use it all for the glory of His Name.
Shadia is a passionate Bible teacher, author and speaker. She holds a master’s in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary and is author of several Bible studies, including HAGAR, LEGION, Worthy of Love, and a new study releasing soon. Subscribe for updates below to learn about her next study!