Am I listening?

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Like many of you, I’ve worked through The Journey a few times with groups of wonderful people. I’m in my fifth go round, still learning, still working through my personal journey, this time with a new group of friends.


Today I read something I’ve read before (at least four times, anyway), and it spoke to me again. These are Frederick Buechner’s words in the session titled, “Participating in God’s General Call.”


The question is not whether the things that happen to you are chance things or God’s things because, of course, they are both at once. There is no chance thing through which God cannot speak – even the walk from the house to the garage that you have walked ten thousand times before, even the moments when you cannot believe there is a God who speaks at all anywhere. He speaks, I believe, and the words he speaks are incarnate in the flesh and blood of our selves and of our own footsore and sacred journeys. We cannot live our lives constantly looking back, listening back, lest we be turned to pillars of longing and regret, but to live without listening at all is to live deaf to the fullness of the music. Sometimes we may avoid listening for fear of what we may hear, sometimes for fear that we may hear nothing at all but the empty rattle of our own feet on the pavement . . . . He says he is with us on our journeys. He says he has beenFootprints with us since each of our journeys began. Listen for him. Listen to the sweet and bitter airs of your present and your past for the sound of him.


I listen best when I’m at the waters’ edge. I have the privilege of living near the shores of Lake Michigan and those soothing or even rough waves help me focus on listening to God.


Where does listening come more easily to you?


Regardless my circumstance, I must stop, be quiet, and listen. When I do, I find God there, waiting patiently.

About The Author

Marilyn Miller

Marilyn oversees the areas of fundraising, marketing, and communications at VantagePoint3, a ministry seeking to help churches develop the adults in their congregation by providing processes that help their people explore the biggest questions of their faith. She and her husband Ves live in Northwest Indiana where they raised their four children. They have been part of facilitating the VP3 process for most of the past eight years at Faith Church (Dyer, Indiana). They love having a front row seat as God uses the process to bring people closer to himself and into ministry in new and fresh ways.
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