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Hearing God – Snowflake Whispers
Up again at 3:30 am. Since the beginning of the year 2020, this is when my day now starts.
I guess it is a season of life that I am in. I have many things on my mind and so many things to pray about. So, up early to pray is now the norm.
After using the bathroom, I brew & grab a cup of coffee. I then head to the living room, light a couple of candles, and gather my rosary and Bible.
My time with Jesus now begins.
Beginning My Day
I first take the time to pour out my heart. I pray for my husband, my children, and grandchildren, family, our world, and include those of who I have promised to pray for.
Then I journal and listen with the hope of really hearing God and knowing just what he wants to say to me.
This “listening” is the hardest part. I know God speaks to me – he speaks to all of us – but how well do I listen?
How well do I hear what he is specifically saying to me in my little corner of life?
I am often worried that I will not receive what he has to say. Spending my days looking & trying to contemplate what is going on around me.
Trying to pay attention to what I am hearing in the words spoken by those I encounter, or what is being communicated to me through some mundane task at hand…
(what lesson is that laundry pile trying to teach? & what virtue is fighting kids trying to cultivate?)
But, often I still feel like I’m in a fog, seeing things only ‘dimly’ – so very unclear. Not really getting a clear focus of the full picture.
Am I missing it all? Am I failing to receive the message he is trying to convey? Do I really know the love He has for me?
Hearing God – Snowflake Whispers
Then today, in a moment, my attention is grabbed and I stop.
I gazed at the lightly falling snow and I was reminded that just like every snowflake gently dances to the ground, so too are we showered with many unique graces, passing thoughts, and little promptings that are undoubtedly ‘snowflake whispers’ from God himself.
They continue to fall all around and upon us regardless if we are looking for them or not. Like gazing at the ground cover of freshly fallen snow – we can just look around our circumstances and see pure evidence of God sending messages from heaven directly to cover our daily life.
These are our ‘snowflake whispers‘ from God – genuinely unique, personally specific, and hard to grasp at times.
How Can We See?…
- We see, by really experiencing the season of Advent we are in.
We do this when we are quiet, stop, listen, and really take in the particular meaning, depth, & detailed design of just what the whole world is waiting for. What this season upon us really means.
Waiting For The Savior
We are waiting and anticipating, in these short dark days, for our Savior.
This Savior who became human, just so we could really know and be with him, is obviously concerned with whether we hear him or not. Whether we can observe his daily love for us or not…
Maybe it isn’t as difficult as I make it. Maybe he is speaking to me right this moment and I can absolutely hear what he has to say to me.
Just because I didn’t acknowledge or recognize each individual ‘snowflake‘ – I can still see the blanket of love he has so carefully covered my life with.
If I just inhale and experience the season of quiet darkness around me – as gentle and as silent as snowflakes falling from the sky – I may truly experience his message in my heart, not with my ears.
Perhaps, it is in our given ability to truly believe – without having to specifically see every detail – that true hearing and knowing is possible.
I have no need to have been present in Bethlehem so many years ago – I know through faith He was born.
Just maybe, it is the faith that he already gifted us with long ago at our Baptism, that makes it possible to clearly know and hear His voice.
And through this very faith, our hearts can receive the beautiful ‘snowflake whispers’ he continues to shower on our daily life.