“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 29: 12-14a) NIV
The latest “buzz” words for my six-year old granddaughter are, “Let’s have a conversation.” She wants to talk to someone who will spend time with her, listen and respond. When I ask her what she wants to talk about, she picks up the newest picture she has drawn and climbs on my lap.
“Look at this picture about jewels, Grandma. Do you like the colors? See the one with stripes?”
Sometimes we talk about Jesus and I tell her the story about Jesus feeding 5,000 people when He only had one loaf of bread and a few fish.
“How did He do that, Grandma?”
I tell her that Jesus performed a miracle to feed the hungry people. She likes the story, but soon decides to go off and play.
The chats with my granddaughter remind me that God desires for us as His children to spend time talking with Him. We communicate with God through prayer, and He promises to listen to us. Because His word is “living and active,” God can speak to us as we read scripture. We may have read a certain verse several times, but suddenly, God’s Spirit may reveal a special meaning that we have never seen before. Sometimes in the quietness of our hearts, God speaks to us in “words” we alone can hear.
Thank you, Father, for listening to my prayers, and for speaking to me through your word. I praise you for revealing yourself to me in the quietness of my heart.
© 2012 Diane E. Hussey