You’re driving down the road, the sky is perfectly blue, the sun is brilliantly shining, you crack a window and let the rush of warm summer air blow across your face…what a perfect day! You slide those brand new babe shades on and turn the volume up on that perfect song playing through the radio. Not a care in the world, what a blissful, beautiful, care-free moment! You are just about to belt out the chorus when the radio turns to static… now infiltrating your perfect day is a mix of random talk show blurbs and pointless commercials as the connection to your favorite station cuts off.
A new pet peeve of mine, recently discovered from personal experience.
It actually goes a bit deeper than that too. I always listen to christian radio, especially in the morning. It helps me get my heart in the right place to start my day and it’s just become somewhat of a habit for me. I listen, I sing, I pray, I need it. One day I was driving into work recently and the very scenario above occurred, my station started to fade in and out. As I drove, it got worse! I would hear parts of a song and next thing I know two men are arguing over sports, or politics, or something else not very edifying haha. I kept getting frustrated as the connection grew worse. I needed that time with the Lord, and I couldn’t hear any of it.
Finally, I turned off the radio and just drove in silence. Then I started to think about how similar that is to our relationship with God. How easy it is to let other things in that break up and interfere with our connection to him. Instead of a clear, direct line, we let media, other people, and just plain old static distractions, cloud our contact to the point of frustration. To the point of possibly even shutting it off completely.
Sometimes, oftentimes, life throws us curve-balls. We are faced with big decisions and emotional twists and turns on top of the everyday challenges life can bring. Why is it that sometimes we can hear God so clearly and other times it feels like we are light years away from him? I think a critical aspect of hearing God’s voice is dependent on our deliberate actions to either clear the connection or ignore the interferences that disrupt the clarity.
God doesn’t move.
He doesn’t change.
He’s always waiting for us.
The word says “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” – James 4:8. The challenge is on us. The choice is up to us. The action depends on us. There are so many days that I let everything else in life take precedence over the Lord. Whether it be work, to-do lists, media, etc. Distractions will always be lurking, but I choose to let them in or not. The days that I do, I feel far from Him. I feel less connected. Fear, comparison, doubt, frustration, all the things I don’t want to enter my heart, start taking over.
I’m studying Galatians right now and I’ve been reading about the battle between our sinful nature and our spiritual nature in chapter 5. Our sinful nature is deceptive, we don’t even recognize it most of the time. It is the natural instincts that we all have since infancy. Our spiritual nature is the part of us being refined by the Lord. The part of us that is slowly becoming more and more like him. The part of us that is under the most attack. And unfortunately, this part of us takes the most conscious effort to build up and grow. But we have to choose it. We have to practice choosing it.
I genuinely feel like as I am writing this, I’m writing it to myself. God is teaching me all of this as if it’s something brand new! Of course if you want to hear God’s voice, you have to get closer to him. I can’t hear Mike as well if I’m in a different room, or 100 feet away! If I want to hear what he is saying to me, I sit beside him, and focus on him. All distractions aside. Smart phone down. Haha. This is all common sense, and yet, we act like God is such a mystery.
Of course, in so many ways he is a mystery haha, but his willingness to guide us, love us, teach us, is the simplest thing in the world. Draw near to Him, and He will draw near to you. Turn off the distractions. Tune your station in to hear him, and then listen.
How is your connection to God today? Is it clouded by everything else around you? Are you wondering why you feel like He has abandoned you, or why he’s not speaking to you? Think about the actions you are taking to clear that connection and trust in His promises to draw close to you. He hasn’t gone anywhere, he’s waiting for you.
Thank you for reading,