The bloggers at Spiritual Journey Thursday are writing about the spiritual focus of the community's One Little Words. This week, we are writing about Carol Varsalona's
One Little Word: LISTEN.
I like these words from Carol's post, "If you LISTEN in stillness, your ears will allow you to hear what silence is saying." As I began thinking about Carol's word this week, I was surprised to find very few scriptural references with the word listen. And then I remembered this favorite plaque:
Just as Carol advises us to "listen in stillness," this verse from Psalms 46:10 admonishes us to be still so that we can know God. Not an easy task in today's world filled with constant voices clamoring for our attention.
In a favorite inspirational book, Mitten Strings for God, Katrina Kenton begins her chapter on listening with these words, "In order to listen, we must first be quiet." She continues ". . . Listening involves making a choice - right now, for just a moment - to stop dead in your tracks. To stop moving, to stop talking, to stop making noise. As Madeleine L'Engle has said, 'When I am constantly running, there is no time for being. When there is no time for being, there is no time for listening.'"
And that brings me back to the counsel from Psalms - Be still - a necessary requisite for listening. I want to still the chaos of the day long enough to be still and listen so that I can hear the promptings of the spirit to guide my daily walk.