Speak, Lord

Samuel and Eli - by Lawrence OP, Creative Commons licence

Samuel and Eli – by Lawrence OP, Creative Commons licence

You would think it would be easy to be in the here-and-now when you are housebound.

 

My ‘here’ is very comfortable: lemon walls, white cupboards, two pillows on my bed, the birds starting to sing for morning. Spring is tentatively tiptoeing in, bruised by all the snow and rain.

 

But the ‘there’ creeps in too.
 

The ‘there’ is important: friends, relationships, appointments, dreams, plans. I tap on my iPad, and the sound is satisfying. I click, and it feels important. I am lying down, but I am opening doors, creating worlds, laughing with friends. There is the noise of words on the screen even in the silence of the house, and these distract me from the alone-ness.
 

And then, there are times like today, where I stop and I feel that silence creeping through the net curtains.

 

When so many are calling your name, how will you know that it is not Eli, but the Lord?
 

Here I am. Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.

 
 


It’s the return of Five-minute-Friday! This was my best five minutes on ‘here’.
 

Over to you:

  • How do you feel about silence?
  • To what extent are you pushing God’s voice out with the noise and busyness of your daily life?

 

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37 Responses to Speak, Lord

  1. denise 12th April, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Amazing post.
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    • Tanya 14th April, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      Thanks, Denise!

  2. Mark Allman 12th April, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    Tanya,
    I know you listen. It is an encouragement to know so. You may be housebound at times but your reach is worldwide!

    • Tanya 14th April, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      Thank you SO much for your encouragement, Mark!

  3. Ruth Povey 12th April, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    ‘I am lying down, but I am opening doors, creating worlds, laughing with friends’ – yes! Oh Tanya, your pain shows through here and so does your amazing perspective. An inspirational lady.
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    • Tanya 14th April, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      Thank you, Ruth! And I LOVED your five-minute-Friday this week. Your writing is magic.

  4. Joy Lenton 12th April, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    We wait in our moments that feel long drawn-out and we ache to hear a word from the Lord. Yet, He is speaking as you write, Tanya. I sense Him in the loving provision for your comfort, the family around you, birds singing, view from the window, sun, rain and wind, outside world coming in through glass and keyboard. He is present to you through it all. Every blessing, love Joy 🙂 xx
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    • Tanya 14th April, 2013 at 10:50 am #

      This made me cry a little – thanks, Joy.

  5. Eileen 12th April, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    “Here I am, Lord. Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” Great reminder. I want to stay at his feet so I can hear his voice clearly.
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    • Tanya 14th April, 2013 at 10:49 am #

      Thanks, Eileen – I need to constantly remind myself of this, too!

  6. Jenn Williamson 12th April, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Stopping by from FMF. What a lovely blog. Yes, so many voices–how do we know when it’s his? So glad for a shepherd who promises that his sheep can know his voice!

    • Tanya 14th April, 2013 at 10:49 am #

      Thank you – and thanks for the reminder of that amazing scripture about the sheep knowing His voice.

  7. Linda Stoll 12th April, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    I love this early this morning! The stained glass, your heart, your thoughts. I’m delighted, truly, that we’ve met at o’dark thirty. This was a divine appointment!
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    • Tanya 14th April, 2013 at 10:48 am #

      Thanks for returning the visit! Yes – it felt like a God-thing to me, too – always good to find someone who’s on the same page!

  8. Chrysti Hedding 12th April, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I agree that it’s hard to hear the voice of God among all the others at times. Thanks for sharing, Tanya!

    Popping over from Lisa-Jo’s blog 🙂
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    • Tanya 14th April, 2013 at 10:48 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, Chrysti!

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