THE RECTOR WRITES
I wonder if you ever stop to listen - to really
listen - to the birds singing? I must admit I'm not good at recognising different birds from the sounds they make - except
maybe the cuckoo which sadly is a rarity these days! But I can still enjoy the beautiful sound they make as they joyfully
sing their hearts out and have been particularly enjoying the sound of the skylarks over the past weeks as I walk the dog.
However I find that I do have to ‘tune in' to listen to them; often their singing is just a background
noise which I don't really notice; at other times it's a mad, exuberant cacophony; at this time of the year the dawn
chorus can wake me up in what seems to be the middle of the night (I'm not a morning person!); sometimes the song of one
particular bird just stops me in my tracks and I can hear nothing else.
To me it seems that God speaking to us
can be a bit like birdsong. Often God's voice is drowned out by the pressures and challenges of life and his voice is
just one of many demanding our attention; very occasionally his might be the insistent voice which drowns out all the others
and leaves us in no doubt of what he is trying to tell us; at other times his might be the voice which disturbs our sleep
with dreams and visions. But for the most part we just have to make a special effort to tune in to his voice, making time
to wait in silence ... and just listen.
As the words from Psalm 62 verse 5 reminds us: "For God alone my
soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him."
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