Thursday, November 9, 2017

If God Yells in the Woods and No One is Around to Hear Him...

Your ears will hear a word behind you, 
This is the way, walk in it,” 
whenever you turn to the right or to the left.
Isaiah 30:21 NASB

I was cleaning my daughter's bedroom the other day; the vacuum was blaring and roaring as it sucked up a plethora of things I'd rather not think about. I picked up a toy that was on her floor to vacuum under it, and saw its lights start blinking and twirling. I could FEEL the vibration of the toy in my hand and I KNEW it was playing music as it always does when the button is pushed...

...But I couldn't HEAR the song.

I couldn't hear the song because the noise of the vacuum had filled the room.
I could FEEL the song, in the vibrations of the toy.
I could SEE the song in the blinking lights.
But the noise of the world around me was drowning out the SOUND of the music that I knew was playing over and over again.

You know how people will say, "If a tree fell in the woods and no one was around to hear it would it still make a noise?"

Well, I started to think, 

"If God speaks to us and we don't recognize it, 
does He really make a noise?"

How many messages and directions does God try to give me daily that I completely miss because I'm too distracted by all the noise in our world? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,, kids, after school activities, appointments, phone calls...
Had I turned off the vacuum, I would have instantly heard the music that the toy was playing. After all, I had heard the song so many times and knew the pattern of the lights in coordination with the music, so I could ALMOST make out some of the notes and tones of the music even with the loud whirring of the vacuum.
That's the same way it is with God. If we are familiar enough with His character and His commandments, we can hear His guidance daily as we navigate through both clear and murky waters. If we have a close relationship with Him; one in which we have had many quiet times together, many sessions of prayer with Him over and over again...we will be able to make out HIS voice despite some of the noise and busy-ness in the world.
"The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice." John 10: 3-5 NIV
If we know God so well that we know Him as our shepherd; our protector, then we will know HIS voice when we hear it.  

But the KEY is KNOWING Him. And we can't know Him just by popping by church once a month. We can't know Him by just "remembering" how we felt when we first met Him. A relationship with God means talking to Him daily, reading the letters He wrote to us in the Bible daily, worshiping Him daily, thanking Him daily, and recognizing His presence in our daily life.
If I hadn't heard the music and seen those lights as they blinked in time with the music on the toy in my daughter's room time after time after time for YEARS~DAILY, I would not have been able to recognize the pattern and feel the vibration of the music in my hand. Seeing the lights and feeling the vibration made the music DISCERNABLE even when the noise of the vacuum was drowning it out.
Can you hear God speaking to you? Are you taking time to talk with Him today? Have you allowed Him to talk to you through His Word? I hope you can. I hope you are. I hope you will.

Pray: Father God, I want to know you and know your voice so well that I can hear it even through the noise of the world. That means I have to spend time with you every day. I want that, Lord, and I know that only I can control that. Create in me a longing for that intimate relationship with you. Speak to me today. Amen.

~Tammie Hefty


  1. Beautiful. Will you pray for me in this area? I am a caregiver to a severely disabled daughter who is medically fragile and medically complex. My husband is partially disabled and also needs help. All of the responsibilities of running our home fall on my shoulders. Before becoming a caregiver, prayer, worship, and devotion time easily fit into my routine. I want to improve in these areas because this is where my strength lies.

  2. I will absolutely pray for you, Denie! Even just a quick morning devotional can help you tune in to God’s voice throughout the day. Love and prayers to you!