Ever since I saw Dream girls, one of the things I think of when I hear the one-word request/command “Listen” is the song Beyonce sang in the movie. For those who have not seen the movie, suffice it to say that she is singing that song as an anthem to getting up, moving on, and finding her voice. She is telling the world to Listen. Many times when we listen, we are actually just biding our time until the other person stops talking so we can put in our two cents’ worth.
Today, though, when I am saying Listen, I am saying it to myself as a reminder to Listen….Listen to what my heart already knows. What does it know? To be gentle and kind. To give. To inspire when I can. But the well of grace that this comes from within myself is not from myself. It is from my potter, my well-maker, my source of living water.
When I stop to listen, my stomping and resistance disappears. When I stop to listen, and wait for my listening to actually take place, I hear it….I do….I hear:” you are loved; now go love. I am here~be here”. He says to me “the world needs Me; bring Me to them. By your walking with Me, they will want to journey with Me too. Smile so they know the journey is worth it”. And I say “Yes, Lord”.
The photo below was taken by my friend Terri–she is an amazing photographer. Can you listen to the photo? Can you hear the waves?