“In the beginning was the
Word,and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God.”
“If you can see that math is a language, it becomes more understandable.” MS&T Professor Don said. When he said that, math didn’t seem like such a ‘problem’. I could relate better to it as a language that is spoken, than a problem to be solved. The only ‘problem’ was how to listen to what geometry was saying to me.
“Why can’t I hear the voice of God?” many lament. Yeah, this can be partly because of sin and rebellion, but many times that sin and rebellion is fueled by not being able to connect with God. That pain of feeling distant, causes many to medicate with sin and escape. And when someone says, “God told me…” Or, they assume that little voice in their head that dialogues is always the voice of God, I think, “Shields up Mr. Sulu!”. Yes, God does speak to us, and his sheep hear his voice, but some people take it to unhealthy extremes.
I’ll never forget the time I was so depressed and I thought God hated me, my wife said, “I’m your wife, and God gave me you. Doesn’t that count for anything? If I was your gift from God and you are my gift from God, doesn’t that mean he loves you? Do you think God wanted to be mean and punish me by giving me you? No!” She was absolutely right.
God is speaking all around us, from the stars in the sky to the lightning bugs in the field, and when a person acts out of love or service. Writing down what you’re thankful for is acknowledging, “Yep, God, I hear what you’re saying.” Connecting with life and being present in the moment, that’s all part of listening to God. God speaks through his creation, his word, and his people.
By Aaron F. Jeffers