Are you listening?

1 Heaven is declaring God’s glory; the sky is proclaiming his handiwork.
2 One day gushes the news to the next, and one night informs another what needs to be known.
3 Of course, there’s no speech, no words—
their voices can’t be heard—
4 but their soundextends throughout the world; their words reach the ends of the earth.

Have you ever been talking to someone you thought was listening to you only to find out they weren’t?  How did you know they weren’t listening?  You knew they were listening because they didn’t respond, or their response was irrelevant. How did that make you feel? After all, you believed that what you were saying was important.  You believed that the person you chose to share it with would be interested in what you had to say. Right?   Chances are they weren’t listening because they were distracted by their personal concerns, ideas, and issues.  Whatever the reasons for their inattentiveness, you were made to feel as if what you had to say was unimportant; it didn’t demand their attention. That is not a good feeling.  We all want to believe that when we engage in serious conversation, we will get the respect and appropriate response from the other person, as they listen to what we have to say. We shouldn’t have to scream and yell to get someone’s attention!  On occasion, our body language or facial expressions say, “Listen” to what I am saying.

The heavens speak the loudest at sunrise and sunset declaring God’s glory. Although these majestic moments are silent, their splendor screams glory to the heart that believes and knows there is a God.  While man has been given the gift of scientific knowledge to explain these cosmic occurrences, when we behold the beauty of these wondrous signs of time changes throughout the globe, it should be evidence to remind us that God is in control of the Universe; and we should give heed to what He says and desires for us, trusting that He is well able to take care of His own. After all, it’s His world!

Everything was created by him, everything in heaven and on earth, everything seen and unseen, including all forces and powers, and all rulers and authorities. All things were created by God’s Son, and everything was made for him. God’s Son was before all else, and by him everything is held together” (Colossians 1:16-18).

Yet the question remains, “Are we listening?” Do we listen only when the roaring, destructive winds hurl heavy objects across blackened skies, and flatten the places of complacent comforts? Or do we only listen when the downpour of torrential rains floods our homes and streets bringing mobility to a halt? Or do we only listen when winter blizzards cover cities and shut down commercialized camaraderie? The One who wants to interact with His most precious creation, which He built for the purpose of communing with, desires that we listen attentively to what He has to say; and that we recognize His glory and honor Him with our lives. I pray that we listen while His voice can be heard in the silent splendorous of a sunrise or the majestic moment of a sunset.  I pray that as we listen, our response will be an emphatic, “Yes, Lord!”