“Alex”

                I heard a voice calling me from the kitchen the other day.

                “Aleeex”

                I heard the same voice again. It startled me. I looked all around the house and I saw no one. I was a little shaken by the whole experience. I thought I was going crazy. There was no one in the house and it was not coming from the TV, computer or my cell phone.

                I turned around to go to bed and then I heard it loud and clear again:

                “Aaaleeex!”

                I was looking at my dishes calling me to wash them. I had ignored them for days now, busy doing other things. The call of the sink grew louder and louder, until I gave up and washed all the dishes. I could almost hear a sigh of relief.

                There are many voices calling for our attention today; their calling is loud and powerful. Our jobs families, responsibilities, chores and even entertainment demand our attention. Some voices lead us to be productive, while the majority of them are just distractions and even worse, temptations.

                The voice of God also calls every morning for our undivided attention. The only difference is that most of the time his voice is not loud like the others. He calls us in our quiet times to come to Him and spend time in meditation and prayer.

                This is what happened to Elijah the prophet:

“Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold , the LORD  passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it…” (1 Kings 19:11-13 emphasis added)

                 Do not allow for the many voices of this world to drown the “still small voice” that speaks from heaven. To hear this divine voice, you must turn off all the other ones and spend time in prayer, reading God’s Word and in worshipful meditation.

                 There is always time to do many things in our daily lives, but let us give God our undivided attention every morning and begin the day with Him. During the rest of the day, seek other times to be alone with the Savior and end every day in communion with the Lord.

                  If you and I begin to do this, we will find out that we will have time for more things than we could ever imagine…even for dirty dishes.

                  A. G.

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