Been up since 4 AM,
Listening to the silence of a sleeping house.
Listening for the still, quiet voice of You.
Listening with expectant ears.
Listening with a hopeful heart.
This world is noisy and my ears are tired.
Too many voices.
Too many sounds.
But now the silence, oh the silence.
[Distant car engine outside]
Even those small noises are loud.
Longing for silence, if just for a moment.
I need Your voice.
Oh Lord, Your voice seems so far from me, Your voice seems so distant. The sound of Your voice is so very quiet, Their words are lost on me. I strain my ears to hear You, I lean in to catch Your voice. Oh Lord, why can’t I hear? Why is the air so silent? But I know You are not far, For You are closer to me than I am to myself. I know Your voice is not weak, For Your created with a powerful word. I know that You won’t leave me hanging, For Your will, will be done. Oh Lord, the silence is deafening, it is loud in my ears, but to You I cling, and therefore I find my peace. I know You will speak to me, In You I place my trust. To You be the glory, forever and ever. To You be everlasting praise. Oh Lord, I will wait for Your voice.
At a crossroads – which way do I go? Do I go left? Do I go right? I don’t know, for the unknown scares me. The indecision is almost paralyzing. The choices are overwhelming. The pros and cons are confusing. Nothing is making sense. I can’t make this decision. Help me! Help me! Is God testing me saying, “Trust Me“? Is Satan tempting me saying, “Trust yourself“? I don’t know. Do I go left? Do I go right? Do I stay? Maybe that’s it, but now I am even more confused. Help me! Help me! I won’t be at peace until I know what to do. Almighty God, help me. I am Yours.
The congregation that I serve has been renting space for 10 years but today we looked at a potential building to buy. There are a lot of questions to be answered yet, but hopes are running very high with people. Selfishly, I/we want this building, but God is in control, and so we need to pray; listening and obeying. The following poem was birthed out of this praying…
To follow God is never easy To follow God can make you queasy But to keep your eyes on Him alone Is to have your vision fully honed.
So trust and trust and trust even more And God will present an open door So don’t create your own self-made path For you won’t enjoy the aftermath
Noises fill my airspace. Invading my thoughts. Distracting No where to go where my space isn’t polluted with noise, but I sit and listen, trying to listen above the noise – through it – in despite of it. Listening for the still, small voice of God.
[Tick tock, tick tock]
Listening for God but there’s noise in my head. Thoughts running around; bumping into each other. Disjointed Distracting Discouraging No where to go where my space isn’t polluted with noise. God help me. Speak above the noise – through it – scattering it – destroying it. May Your still, small voice, drown out the noise.
[Tick tock, tick tock]
I keep listening, for God will not disappoint. I keep listening, for God’s voice is all I want. I keep listening…
To see You face to face, is the goal as I run this difficult race. I dodge and I weave. I stumble but to You I cleave. So… Help me, oh Lord, to see Your way. Help me, oh Lord, to follow You each day. For You are my life, even in the midst of much strife. For You are my way, so please guide and mold this big lump of clay. Oh Lord, I do want to see You. Oh Lord, I do want to trust you. For to see You face to face, is indeed my goal; thank You for Your amazing grace. In Jesus amazing name I pray, Amen!