Originally posted October 2, 2010
Today has been a beautiful brisk fall day. As I have gone through my day, I am reminded of an experience that happened with our family on a fall outing in 1989. Also, I am reminded of the lesson learned on that fall day.
When Drew was two years old, we took a family trip to the North Georgia mountains. The day started out being a simple day of enjoying fall scenery and just simply getting away. What started out as a fall day outing turned out to be a day of learning to listen to God through the ears and eyes of a two-year old boy.
When we arrived in the Dahlonega area, Jim wanted to see the North Georgia Conference United Methodist campground Camp Glisson. As we walked the grounds of Camp Glisson, our two-year old son Drew was pointing things out as any two-year old that is learning to talk would with his mommy and daddy. He showed us a squirrel, he tried catching leaves as they fell from the trees, and he was full of laughter and enjoying all that was around him. As we continued to walk and enjoy the scenery, we knew we were approaching the waterfalls due to the sound of rushing water. Though, we could hear the rushing water of the falls Jim and I had gotten caught in conversation of things to do once we returned home and not paying attention to what was around us. In the midst of this conversation, Drew shouted “Sh-hh-hh…listen.” I asked Drew what he heard. His reply was “the Lord.” Can you believe it took a two-year old to make two grown adults stop and hear the sound of God’s symphony through the rushing of the water, the rustling of the leaves and all the other sounds of nature around us? How suddenly did a sense of calmness and peace fill the inner soul. Those every day issues that Jim and I were discussing prior to Drew telling to be quiet were no longer important.
How wonderful the world would be if everyone could hear and see all the peacefulness that God does provides through the eyes of a child. Unfortunately, the world is not that way. It is so easy for our days to get caught up in our lists to the point we forget that God’s symphony is playing for us. My challenge for you is to take a minute or two to stop in the midst of your busy day, shut the noise out, and listen to God’s music around you. You will be amazed at the beautiful symphony that is playing all around you. It is quite a symphony! At least my now 23-year-old son did when he was two. Afterall, who would know better than a child of God. SH-HH-HH LISTEN!!
One day children were brought to Jesus in the hope that he would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. But, Jesus intervened.” Let the children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to me. God’s kingdom is made up of people like these.” After laying hands on them, he left. Matthew 19:13-15 (The Message)
Drop everything and listen, listen as he speaks. Psalm 95:7 (The Message)
Prayer: Father, when daily things get hectic, remind us to stop and listen and hear your voice. To feel the calmness you provide all around us in your symphony. In Jesus name. Amen