Break up the monotony . . .

How do you normally hear from God? Are you able to meet with Him in meaningful ways? Perhaps your quiet times are also affected by Covid 19. . . every day feels the same. Perhaps you might enjoy a different way of meeting with God. Every relationship can benefit from honest dialogue and new adventures.  Here is a simple exercise I developed and find engaging, especially on days when I can be outside even just a few minutes.

Listening for God Exercise

by Dana Russo

Go outside and find a comfortable space to sit or lie down. Notice tense areas in your body and give yourself permission to relax for a few minutes. Allow space and time to respond to each part of this exercise before moving to the next step. Please know, there is no reward for speed. 

  1. Open your heart to meet with God. Ask Him to speak to you.
  2. Now close your eyes. Take time to simply notice the cacophony of sounds you hear. Does all this noise make you feel restful or unsettled. Do you know why?
  3. Now spend some time isolating each sound. Notice what you are noticing. Is there a sound that captures your attention over the others? Why does it stand out?
  4. Invite God to speak as you ponder and pray through these questions: Does this prominent sound represent something in your life right now?                            What elements are similar to or different from your current reality? Does this sound bring comfort or discord within you? Do you sense God is present or absent in this sound? Ponder why that is true for you. Is there a sound that is more comforting for you? Why might you be drawn to this sound? Sit with God in this moment. Ask for His revelation of truth for you.
  5. As you prepare to leave this quiet time, ask yourself: What word(s) comfort your heart right now? Can you identify why? Sit with and rest in that word. It is your “word for the day” as you go forth from here. Carry it with you, reflect throughout the day what it communicates to you.

We live in a society that loves to speak but no-one seems to be listening. In my experience, when people don’t feel heard, they speak louder and repeat the same information hoping this time someone will listen. In grief care, my primary focus is to ask questions and allow the bereaved to share about their experience and loss because:

“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.”    David Ausburger

As I read through the exercise above, I find many helpful principles for any conversation. May I engage in conversations, even the hard ones, with a heart to listen and reflect the love of Christ to the one speaking.