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“…but the Lord was not in the wind…the Lord was not in the earthquake…the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence”-1 Kings 19:11-12
This is the final instalment of our mini-series on life-changing listening. Thank you for your attentiveness to these seven contributions which I hope have been a source of encouragement to you and to anyone you may have shared them with.
Life often presents us with many choices. Whether we are dealing with food, clothing, job changes, romantic relationships or educational opportunities, we have to select. It is at those times that we must focus, as best as possible, on a single voice.
Some voices are loud and hard to miss. Others are soft and tender, a gentle whisper that can scarcely be heard. The thing with the more mellow voice is that you need silence to really hear it. We may have also heard the Latin expression “vox populi, vox dei” meaning that the voice of the people is the voice of God. How do we know which voice to listen to?
Perhaps the solution is found more in our interior posture and less in the speaker’s mode of communication. Take for example, two recent controversies involving different degrees of sexual invasions in sport. Manchester United player, Mason Greenwood, is now forced to leave the club based on publicly known aggression against a woman. Last Sunday, after Spain’s historic win in the 2023 Women’s World Cup, the President of the Spanish Football Federation kissed a player on her lips during the trophy presentation. Both situations have brought widespread condemnation regarding how men violated women.
Yet, there are so many opinions about what consequences should follow. Should the Federation President resign? Was his apology enough? Should Greenwood have been given another chance to play for his club? Will he ever find another team that will accept him? Will the answers be found in the media “earthquake” or in the inner silence of the two perpetrators’ individual souls? So many options, so many voices.
You will soon have choices to make, some more difficult than others. Determine the best mode of listening that will help you arrive at the best decisions.
The Divine Voice
My simple prayer is that we all can intentionally pursue the stillness required to hear and respond to the Divine Voice.
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