Listening To God
You say you wish to speak to God, to hear God's voice? Then Listen to God's creations.
Listen to the wind as it moves through the air. Whether soft or gale force it speaks volumes of God's power, mercy and grace.
The wind does not know anger when gale force, nor gentleness when a soft breeze. It does not fight the air through which it moves.
It merely knows to blow - to be.
Listen to the ocean as it moves toward the shore, whether as a calm sea lapping against the shore,
or as a stormy sea when it seems to throw itself against the rocks as if to crush them.
Yet the sea knows not gentleness when calm nor anger when it appears to be boiling. It only knows to express the laws of God.
The wind and the sea express God's laws in perfect accord with that for which they were created. They neither fight nor exaggerate God's laws to make themselves more or less important but merely express themselves as cleanly and clearly as they can.
If we could but listen to these creations of God and the messages they convey then perhaps we would understand that gentle and gale force are not different expressions of God, it's just that we experience them differently.
When we can listen to the force and power of the gentlest of breezes or the calmest of seas and the peace and gentleness
of the most powerful winds and the stormiest of seas then we can say we have listened to God.
Lowell K. Smith, April 2003