Be Still And Know... God May Be Speaking To You
Psalm 50:1 - The Lord, the Mighty One, is God, and he has spoken; he has summoned all humanity from where the sun rises to where it sets.
At our place lately, the sunsets have been incredible and almost impossible to describe. For me, when God paints the sky in such a beautiful and amazing way, which changes second by second, my faith seems to deepen. I feel God. I breathe Him in. He is openly present before me. It is as if He is reassuring me; making me stop long enough to be still and appreciate the beauty of His creation; beauty that I can all too often take for granted.
“God… has spoken.” (Psalm 50:1). I like to think God speaks to us through His creation more often than we may notice. Earlier this year, I discovered two very persistent Peewees pecking on my window every morning and often making a racket with their loud distinctive calls throughout the day. Whilst at first they appeared to be a nuisance, they began turning up on occasions when I was feeling insecure, anxious, or worried. For some reason, I began to pray whenever they appeared. Before long, I affectionately named them my ‘Prayer Birds’ and became quite defensive of them if other family members complained about their noise.
The reality for me was, that prior to this, my prayer life had not been great. I guess God knew this and so He decided to use these annoyingly persistent creatures to get my attention and make me stop and acknowledge Him again. Before long, prayer became habit, even when the birds were not around.
Soon after, I had another little bird bring me a very important reminder from God. A small Willie Wagtail began hovering at almost every window I was near. It either perched itself on the balcony rail or continued hovering, but the point was, it was always looking up. So, it became my ‘Looking Up Bird.’ It would often come at times where I found myself consumed with day-to-day life and perhaps had lost my perspective, unknowingly replacing God with other things. From that point on, I found myself looking up to God more and more.
With 2011 almost to an end, my Peewees remain, always turning up at just the right moment. My Willie Wagtail ended up building a nest on our washing line and her babes have only just flown the nest. These days I look for God in nature. I seek Him out regularly, immersing myself in His creation. Since making a conscious decision to do this, I have had beautiful encounters with rainbow lorikeets, kookaburras, and even some wild deer. In particular, I came across a little Yellow-bellied Robin, whom I was able to reach out and touch for a moment (this I can only describe as a spiritual experience). Due to these experiences, I have stopped myself often to just be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).
Sometimes life gets too busy. Whether it is a bird or a sunset, a rainbow or a sunrise, I encourage you to try to take the time to stop occasionally, to glance at those clouds or stare at the mountains, and listen to what God may be saying to you.
When, where or how have you felt God speaking to you?