Today, I really found what it was like to truly listen to God.

I was jet skiing- and while you’d think that would be a leisurely excursion- it was quite the opposite. This time, our family was taken to the middle of the choppy ocean. If you were an experienced jet skier than maybe you would’ve enjoyed the challenge, but I was terrified.

The further in the ocean we got, the worse the ocean became. The waves got deeper, the fears increased.

Lord, I am going to fall off this dang thing. Please help me. Please protect me. Oh man. Here comes another wave.

This kept repeating as we went on. I was exhausted. I kept replaying images of what it would be like if I lost an arm because of the severe sharks who were lurking in the waters below me. Of course, that did not help the situation at all, but I couldn’t keep my mind from wandering to my fearful thoughts.

God, speak to me. I will listen.

While driving the jet ski, I quieted my brain. I quieted my soul. I wanted to hear what he was saying. It has been said that God always speaks to us, it’s just up to us if we are willing to listen or not.

Ashley, I will protect you. I will not let anything bad happen to you.

His words calmed my weary heart. His words brought a smile to the fearful expression on my face.

I will not be afraid, Lord. 

This is just one example of how listening to God can make all the difference. He is always speaking, always guiding, always counseling. Isn’t that beautiful?

I encourage you to quiet yourselves at least once a day and find a place where you can be in solitude. Listen to what he is trying to say to you. It’s different for everyone, and that’s the beautiful thing about it.

Our God is so big, and he cares for us. Let’s deepen our relationships with him. Let’s bring him our fears, our anxieties. Just as a father would care for his children, he wishes to care for the people he has created. Just as children are amused in their father giving them advice, we should be open ears to the beautiful heart of our God.

Let’s quiet our hearts, and listen to what our glorious God has to say. You might be surprised with what you hear.



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