Desire Of My Soul

Flashes of Lightning: Standing Watch [Listening]


A divine spark. A flash image. A scripture suspended before me. Impressed on me for this season, hour, moment that we’re in.


But this time it was a sound . . . my ears dialing into what was around me. Rousing me. Pricking my attention. Causing me to climb out of a sleepy, internal-driven existence—even for a few moments.


“I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what He will say to me.” —Habakkuk 2:1


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Listening. That was the point of the walk I took around my housing community. I didn’t know that when I headed out. It started out like any other walk. A break in my day. A short time to shake off things . . . but too often these days, to walk around in my thoughts.


And then at some point, a sound happened. It was . . .


Like when you’re on a walk alone, lost in thought,
then hear a tinkling something.
A hint of a noise that softly awakens.
A cool breeze that you hadn’t noticed before encircles you, sweeping by,
closer, then upward to a neighbor’s balcony
where it gently nudges an unobtrusive wind chime.
It rings, bashfully.
Airy, shiny, merry like silvery tinsel dangling on the limb of a holiday tree.
Then you stop and look and listen.
Aware for the first time—probably in a long time—of the sounds around you.
The swish of a bird’s feathers.
A car door subtly closing.
Hurried footsteps across the street.
Murmuring voices drifting from a backyard.
Your soul smiles, quiets, and releases.




So just how much have I been missing, despite my seeking Him, keeping in His Word, and listening to biblical teaching? The LORD is recalibrating my hearing. Fine-tuning the frequency. Rousing me from a sleep-awake dimension. What about you?


There are levels of awareness. In the natural world and the spiritual. Too often we may think we’re aware when really we’re not fully aware (hearing, engaged) at all.


Think of how little aware you probably are when doing the rote things of life—making the bed, getting a shower, turning off the lights before heading out the door. How many times have you later wondered if you really did unplug that hair dryer before you left the house or closed the garage door?


Stopping . . . waiting . . . stilling our souls. That’s what’s needed. Even for a moment to realign, regroup, hear what might have otherwise been missed.


Just like that tinkling wind chime that alerted me to other sounds and woke me from my daily drudge thinking. The sound was in the natural—but with a spiritual lesson . . .


We can distance our souls from the outer chaos and demands and be quieted within while striving through the natural in Him.


Awake in Him.

Awake in His Word.

Awake in His Holy Spirit.

Awake in our Messiah, Jesus (Yeshua, His Hebrew name).




The issue then is spiritual—especially in this hour that we’re in.
It’s critical that we stay aware and alert in the spirit.
Tune into God, take every thought captive. Keep awake in Him.
So our ears aren’t dulled even in the mundane moments of life.


Consider these scriptures . . .

Matthew 13:16, Jesus says . . .

But blessed are your eyes,

because they see; and your ears, because they hear.


Matthew 7:24, Jesus says . . .

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine

and puts them into practice

is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.


James 1:19 says . . .

This you know, my beloved brethren.

But everyone must be quick to hear,

slow to speak and slow to anger.


Isaiah 28:23 says . . .

Give ear and hear my voice,

Listen and hear my words.


May the Lord anoint your soul’s ears, fine-tuning them to His frequency so that you’re not caught unaware or distracted or derailed in this hour.


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