One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began,though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice –though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles.”Mend my life!”each voice cried.But you didn’t stop.You knew what you had to do,though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations,though their melancholy was terrible.It was already late enough, and a wild night,and the road full of fallen branches and stones.But little by little,as you left their voice behind,the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds,and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own,that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world,determined to do the only thing you could do –determined to save the only life that you could save.Mary Oliver
Are you engulfed in the noisy world to a point where you cannot listen your voice within? Competing voices around us almost always want attention and what happens is we will run and keep running without a stop. Your job has deliverables, your husband or wife needs attention, your friends want to hangout, your child is all over you, you need to exercise, accomplish your goals and the list is endless… “Mend my life!”
Elijah the prophet was in such a position; Living in fear,after being threatened by Jezebel, he felt lonely because he thought he was the only one left and of course he was hungry and very hungry at that… two times he was super naturally fed. When he went up the mountain as instructed by God, to go up the mountain for the Lord was about to pass by. He thought God was in the powerful wind, an earthquake and a fire, but God was in the gentle whisper. (See 1 kings 19)
Elijah was surrounded by great noise during that season. He got so used to the noisy state he was in, he almost missed Gods’ voice. How many times do we find ourselves in such a position where all we know and live for is noise! Let’s be honest, valentines day is around the corner and that in itself is crazy noise. I mean the pressure that surrounds this season! Guys are thinking of where to take there ladies or what to buy them and vice versa. Some are deep in thought, thinking of how lonely they will be on that day because they have no one to gift them in any way. All these are noise and like Elijah, we are likely to miss the main point because of that voice that keeps shouting ‘Mend my life!’
How about you take a pause and reflect on who you are and how far God has brought you? How about you intentionally love yourself? Allow your inner voice to be louder than what the world offers, allow God to speak through you. Get your mind off the gutter, clear your mind of clutter and focus on what God says in that ‘gentle whisper.’
“…little by little,as you left their voice behind,the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds,and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own,that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world,determined to do the only thing you could do –determined to save the only life that you could save.”
Wow! Life makes sense and appears more colourful when you minimise competing noises. Valentines day is beautiful but let it not blur your vision or overwhelm you with unrealistic expectations…Listen to that voice and love yourself fully. Hey, by the way, how about you take yourself on a hot date? Get a cup of coffee or mocha or cappuccino for you on that day, go swimming, go for a long nature walk … just do you! Forget the ‘ mend my life’ shout from competing noises.
I am currently reading Renovation of the heart by Dallas Willard and at one point he writes, ” It is love itself not loving behaviour or even the wish or intent to love that has power to always protect, always trust, always hope, put up with anything and never quit. Worth thinking about right?😉
Happy Valentines my dear friends. For those in relationships; married, dating or engaged, have fun and keep the fire burning even beyond Valentines day!
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This Love ya WahuWahu
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