Commonplace Visions

“We look for visions from heaven, for earthquakes and thunders of God’s power (the fact that we are dejected proves that we do), and we never dream that all the time God is in the commonplace things and people around us. If we will do the duty that lies nearest, we shall see Him. One of the most amazing revelations of God comes when we learn that it is in the commonplace things that the Deity of Jesus Christ is realized” (Oswald Chambers).

I think sometimes when I ask God to speak to me, I feel like I’m expecting deep down for God to speak in an audible Charlton Heston kind of voice to me. I almost expect some kind of mystical magical experience to take place immediately after I say, “Speak, Lord. Your servant is listening.”

But God is so often found in those commonplace moments, and I’m beginning to see that He speaks in ordinary ways that we so often take for some other voice or maybe just coincidence. I’ve know God to speak through a friend or even through a line from a movie or a song. One thing I should know by now is to never limit God in the ways He can work in my life.

I confess that I don’t really hear God’s voice sometimes because I rush through my prayers in order to get to something else. How can I hear God speaking to me when I’m too busy rushing in and out of His presence all the time? How can I listen when so much of my prayer life is me-centered around my needs and my wants and my desires?

The best part is that even when I may not have the hunger to hear God speak, He never tires of talking to His child. He never grows weary of waiting for me to finally be still long enough to hear. He is infinitely patient with me as always until I can finally sit down and listen.

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