Heaven and nature sing
Isaiah 7: 10-16 (NRSVA)
10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, 11 Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. 12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. 13 Then Isaiah said: ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. 15 He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.
The Lord spoke to Isaiah and I believe he speaks to each and every one of us. He speaks though in different ways to each of us.
One of the ways the Lord speaks to me is through nature. It is in nature and with animals that I find my peace.
Often when I’m mulling over a question and I’ve come to a decision I'll ask the Lord to show me a sign that my decision is right. And usually if it is right, fairly quickly I will see deer — even in the most unusual of places! And I know it is the Lord speaking to me.
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, how are you making time to speak and listen to God?
Help me today to make time for you
Help me today to make space for you in the busyness of life
Help me to be still,
And listen to what you want to say to me.