“If you hear…”
If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. — Revelation 3:20b
I don’t always hear Jesus. You may not always hear Jesus, either. The reasons why differ for each of us but are also obvious for each of us. We are not settled, still, or silent enough. We are too busy, too consumed, and too full of our dreams, disappointments and what we (not Jesus Himself) calls disasters to hear Jesus.
“If you hear my voice…” Jesus says. It’s our choice.
If we dial down our frenzy, feed, and too often-used phone, if we put down (and away) our negative talk (and this may include turning down others at times), we will hear Jesus.
We know we are hearing Jesus when what was hard is now soft, when what was closed opens, when what was breaking is now beautiful. We also hear Jesus when what was challenging is now changing. This change may make us champions over what needs to be behind us, and often what needs to be behind us could well be the part of our past that sinks not sails, or still hurts and does not heal.
We can move from “if” we hear Jesus to “when” we hear Jesus. We do this when we can recognize (or remember) we have an option. We have a Savior.
PRAYER: Keeping talking with us, Jesus. Keep talking, guiding, grounding, lifting and loving us so that yes, we can hear and share meals together that are surrounded with Your laughter, Your love and Your light. Amen.