Listening to God – The Brick

“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

The Brick

-Author Unknown 

brickA young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.

As his car passed no children appeared, instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door. He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown.

The angry driver jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car, shouting,

“Hey! Just what the heck are you doing?  That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?”

The young boy was apologetic.

“Please, mister, please. I’m sorry, but I didn’t know what else to do. I threw the brick because no one else would stop.”

Tears dripping down his face, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. 

“It’s my brother!
He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair, and I can’t lift him up.
Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair?
He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me!  

He asked the stunned executive.

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts.  A quick look told him everything was going to be okay.

“Thank you and may God bless you,”

the grateful child told the stranger.

Too shook for words, the man watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home. He turned and slowly walked back to the Jaguar, got in and drove away.

The damage to the passenger door was very noticeable but the young executive never bothered to repair the dent. Rather, he kept the dent there to remind him of this message:

Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention.

I learned from my pastor a long time ago that an easy way to hear from God is to stop what I’m doing, then shut up and listen. I know that a personal relationship with Him is key as well, but what good is it if you never listen to the other party in that relationship?

There are times when I easily hear His voice and other times when the brick tossed up-side my head is the only thing that gets my attention. Wouldn’t if be smoother if I just took some time every day to listen?

The Word says that God speaks in a still small voice. Why? Because when people talk quietly, people listen harder. Proximity is another thing. You must be close to the speaker to hear a whisper. I like that. I need to maintain a closeness to my Father God to hear His voice.
Is God whispering to you? Would you know His voice if you heard it? Are you listening at all?  There are many times when I have to stop and make it a point to pay attention. Life has so many distractions that unless you prioritize, you will miss out on God whispering in your ear:

Hey, I love you!

You are precious to me.

I’m proud of what you did yesterday. Stick with Me and you can do that every day!

Psssst, you have an issue with ______. Ask Me to help you fix it and I promise I will.

I want the best for you.

If you were the only person on earth, I would have sent Jesus to die for you alone.
I love you that much!

Life going too fast? Need help hearing Gods voice?

Ask Him.
Ask His Holy Spirit to give you a tuneup.
Ask Him to tune your spirit with His to adjust your spiritual ears.

He will.
He loves to connect with you.

For you are precious to Him.

 

-Alan

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