It never fails. The middle of the night. That tiny little voice at the door to my bedroom. It has a variety of things it says, “Daddy, I had a bad dream“, “Daddy, I’m thirsty”, “Daddy, I need to go to the bathroom”, “Daddy, I can’t go to sleep”. In a sense, it doesn’t matter what is said. That little voice changes the course of my night.
Sometimes I try to ignore that little voice. Sometimes I tell that little voice to go back to bed. Sometimes I try to get my wife to answer that little voice. Sometimes I get upset at that little voice. And, occasionally, I am overwhelmed with sympathy and love for the one behind that small little voice.
Is It Hard To Hear?
There are times when I have a hard time hearing that small little voice. (Like times when I am exhausted, when I desire sleep above everything else or when there is enough other noise to drown it out.) And sometimes I need a little prodding. (Like times when my wife has to tell me there is a voice at the door or when the voice has to nudge me awake.) But, eventually, I hear it.
I just have to listen.
I have to set aside my desires for a moment and be willing to hear, and respond, to that small little voice.
God’s Small Little Voice
We are told that God will often speak to us in a small little voice. I wish that I could hear His small little voice as well as I can hear the small little voice of my child.
Although, sometimes, when I am quiet enough, and when I am still enough, I seem to know what that small little voice is saying even if my ears have not heard a thing.
Did I Really Hear Something?
This is the challenge. There are times when there is not an audible sound; but, I know that I heard something. When those times come, I have to trust what I have “not heard”.
The Small Voice
Just like the small little voice of my child, the small little voice of God will change the course of my night. Sometimes by a little. Sometimes by a lot.
I really should listen.
One small voice. The voice of a child. The voice of God. And when we listen…the difference a small voice can make.
Question: Is it easy or hard for you to hear that small little voice – either one, your child’s or God’s?
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