Image by Karuvadgraphy from Pixabay

They say if you put a seashell up to your ear, you can hear the sea.

Maybe some people truly can.

With my luck, I’m more likely to hear, “Your call is very important to us. Please stay on the line…” or, “How did you get this number?”

Sometimes it’s hard to tune in to what you really want to hear, isn’t it?

Similarly, it’s often difficult for us to hear God clearly.

There are so many other competing voices in our lives, and even our own thoughts can crowd out God’s attempts to get through to us.

We’ll discuss more about how to hear from God in future posts, but for now let’s concentrate on the most important tip:

Get under the dome.

What do I mean by that?

Perhaps I can best illustrate this by exploring a quirk in the construction of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, United Kingdom.

This spectacular building was designed by architect Sir Christopher Wren and dates from the late 17th century. If you climb up almost 260 steps from ground level, you reach the base of the building’s dome.

St. Paul’s Cathedral. Image by adchimchaechill from Pixabay

There’s a circular walkway hugging the interior of the dome, which has become known as “The Whispering Gallery.” This walkway has become one of London’s most famous attractions due to an unintentional sonic quirk.

If you stand along the curving wall and whisper, someone positioned anywhere along the same wall will be able to hear what you’ve said. This despite the fact that they may be on the opposite side of the walkway, which is a full 33 m (over 100 feet) away from you. This is far beyond the reach of a normal whisper.

The acoustics of the dome happen to be perfect for transmitting even the quietest of sounds across a relatively large distance. I can attest from personal experience that you really can hear someone whisper to you from across the gallery.

As long as you’re under the dome, of course. This acoustic marvel doesn’t apply to any other location in the building.

Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathedral
Image by Femtoquake on Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA-3.0

Similarly, if we want to hear from God, we have to be under His dome, so to speak. We have to make sure that we belong to Him, so that we’re under His covering.

Scripture tells us that sometimes God speaks in a “still, small voice.” I guess you could call that a whisper. The example of St. Paul’s Cathedral tells us that you can hear even a whisper, as long as you’re in the right location. With God, the right “location” is ensuring that we’re in a right relationship with Him:

“We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.” (John 9:31)

“The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are inclined to their cry.” (Psalm 34:15)

“He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them.” (Psalm 145:19)

“The LORD is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.” (Proverbs 15:29)

So we know that God hears us when we’re right with Him. With practice and discernment, we can get better at hearing Him, too.

Trust in Him, believe in Him, obey Him and know that He loves you. Get to know Him better through the Scriptures and through His Son, Jesus. Pray regularly.

Then listen for His whisper. God is speaking to you and wants to communicate with you.

And you can hear Him…as long as you’re under the dome.

“God intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.”

Acts 17:27

© 2021 Lori J. Cartmell. All rights reserved.

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