Tuesday, May 22, 2018
"This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you.'"
I'm also convinced that listening to God is not unlike writing: if I were to wait to write until inspiration struck, I would write practically nothing. But if I chain myself to my desk every morning at 8:00 a. m. and start typing something - anything - inspiration has a way of unexpectedly pulling up a chair. ~Adam S. McHugh, The Listening Life
I am fortunate to be a part of an online book club hosted by friend and fellow blogger, Linda Stoll. Our latest read, The Listening Life, by Adam S. McHugh, has proved to be nothing less than sensational; it has given me an entirely new perspective about how I'm listening, or shamefully, not listening to those around me. It's not your typical okay-I've-read-this-let's-move-on inspirational book. No! It's one I'll return to time and time again to review and assess the ways in which I'm practicing the art of listening well, not only to people, but to God Himself.
While I've highlighted many memorable passages in The Listening Life, the one quoted above grabs my attention faster than flashing blue lights in my rear view mirror. It reflects the countless hours when God's Holy Spirit pulls up a chair next to me as I write my novels. Am I instantly aware of His presence? No, not at first, but as the days and weeks roll by, and the stories begin to unfold, I find myself rereading the words penned, and wondering, not without a profound sense of awe: "Where did that come from?"
It is then, in a lightning strike of revelation, I know. Beyond any doubt, beyond any dismissal, I know! I am simultaneously humbled and elated; so breathlessly excited that I look forward to the next round of writing with ecstatic anticipation. The minute I "chain" myself to the computer, I offer this invitation: "Lord, what would you have me write today?" And God never lets me down.
And I realize, in reading McHugh's work, that what I am engaged with in my writing is a profound submission to God's will. I'm listening to Him on the deepest possible level without even being conscious of it. I am surrendering my gifts to Him that He might use them to further His kingdom and His glory. What could be better than that?
And friends, all of you reading this have God-given gifts. Maybe you are blessed to know what they are, or perhaps, you're still waiting to discover them. I have one word of advice: Listen!
Sit quietly with the Lord. Let Him speak to your heart. Allow Him to reveal Himself to you with an intimacy unlike any other. Humble yourself. Submit.
Become one with Him.
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