The Christmas story reminds me of how important listening is. Mary is shocked when an angel appears and tells her she is going to bear God's Son. Details about Him including His name are given. She asks a procedural question (How can I have a baby when I am a virgin?) But she does not allow her lack of understanding to distract her. She humbly submits to be used of the Lord and spends her life pondering amazing things in her heart.
|Grotto over Mary's Home in Nazareth|
Today I want us to be encouraged by a couple things. First, God knows how to communicate with us. He uses His Word, dreams, impressions and other means to do so. The exciting thing is that He wants to communicate.
Second, it is clear from Christmas that when we stop the distractions and truly listen to the Lord, He will involve us in some of the most amazing events and opportunities. He will protect, provide and direct. And we will be blessed through it all.
How well do you do at listening? Or do you allow all the noise of this world to distract you? I encourage you this Christmas to be still, and listen, and see what He has to say to you. You will be blessed and amazed by what you hear.