I was listening to the radio recently on the day when the death of the pioneering radio presenter Cliff Michelmore was announced. They played a recording of a broadcast he made during an election. In this he stated that during the election results he was up until 4am and, with just two hours break before continuing the next morning, as dawn began to break a small bird sang its heart out on the roof of the building in which he was trying to catch some sleep!
This morning I think the same bird landed on the roof of my house. Its song was loud enough to wake me up! For such a small plain bird it had such a beautiful voice and, like Cliff Michelmore, I could not be angry at its presence. In fact, now wide awake, I decided that it was a good time to write this blog.
We seem to live such busy lives and it is my own experience that if we are to find and know God we have to be willing and able to listen to his ‘still small voice’ wherever possible. This, for me, often comes from reading the bible, being outside and enjoying the countryside (in my view best done on a mountain bike in the Welsh hills), or marvelling at the creation and working of our own bodies and their complexity. Even with the technology available today and advancements in medicine, I am told that we still have no idea how the vast majority of the brain really works, just a very rough idea of which bit does what!
The apostle Paul, when writing to the Romans, states that whatever we may think, since God’s ‘invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made’ we are without excuse for not taking time out to consider if He is important to us, or is relevant to our lives.
Moses, perhaps one of the best known fathers of all time, was himself very hesitant and resistant to listening to, and being called by, God. When he met with God at the burning bush (Exodus 3&4) he made excuse after excuse regarding why God had made a mistake in choosing him. As his final comment he claimed “I am slow in speech and tongue,” to which God replied:
“Who gave man his mouth and who makes his deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
As Moses later found out, God was indeed able to transform his ability to communicate with both Pharaoh and the people he had been asked to lead, despite both having good reason for despising him.
We, too, should not be surprised that God, who created all the beauty and complexities of life around us, is also able to guide us and transform our thoughts and lives. We should, therefore, in our busy lives find time to seek him and know him. [Just like the bird’s song which woke me this morning, so God’s creation calls us to wake up and understand more about who he is and his love for us.]