Letting God’s Voice Sink In

This morning as I was reading through some email that had gathered over the weekend, I came across this bit of insight. The brother who wrote it is going through a difficult time finding the freedom in body life that he is looking for. In the midst of that he shared this incredible picture:

Have you ever skipped stones across a lake? You know, the nice flat ones that take two, three, or sometimes four bounces before they sink? Sometimes I think listening to the Lord is like that. It takes a couple of tries before it finally “sinks in.”

Maybe that’s what God is doing with me. It seems He is always speaking but I’m not really listening.

Or, we’re listening but, as you say it just takes time for us to see him clearly. I find this is often true of how God makes his direction known to me. I see bits and pieces of things over time, but the understanding of it all escapes me. As I just keep going down the journey with him suddenly all the pieces fall in place, or in your words, the stone finally sinks in. That’s the moment of clarity when we can step forward confident in God’s direction.

Many will say that’s when God spoke to them, but he was speaking all along. It’s just that it may take us a bit to focus in as well as it may take God a bit to bring all the pieces into place. Either way, he is committed to making his word clear to us as we continue to walk with him.

And I am all the more blessed by God’s amazing patience and graciousness.

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  1. Matt August 17, 2004 at 6:28 am

    That’s a great picture. I know my own tendency is to try to act on the first "bounce" not realizing that I haven’t quite grasped what God is saying! As I’m learning to trust Him more, I am learning to be patient to wait for Him to really get through to me.

  2. Stuart August 17, 2004 at 7:13 am

    Hebrews 1:1,2 (Message)

    "Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries.

    Recently he spoke to us directly through his Son. "

    The stone of God’s word bounced along the sea of man in ages past, but now it has sunk into humanity itself through Jesus Christ.

  3. Matt August 17, 2004 at 9:28 am

    That’s a great picture. I know my own tendency is to try to act on the first "bounce" not realizing that I haven’t quite grasped what God is saying! As I’m learning to trust Him more, I am learning to be patient to wait for Him to really get through to me.

  4. Stuart August 17, 2004 at 10:13 am

    Hebrews 1:1,2 (Message)

    "Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries.

    Recently he spoke to us directly through his Son. "

    The stone of God’s word bounced along the sea of man in ages past, but now it has sunk into humanity itself through Jesus Christ.

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