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.
We seem to have difficulty being still these days, don’t we?
For many of us, life happens at warp speed. We’re always on the go, and have little downtime to pause and reflect on things.
But with all our constant motion, are we missing out on something?
Recently, I visited a park with a pond large enough to almost be a small lake. A slight breeze left ripples on the water, disturbing the reflection of the trees in the distance. The image on the water’s surface was wavy and impressionistic, not a true representation of the landscape nearby.
I then walked to a different part of the park where a river flowed lazily into the pond. The water was running slowly, and because it was sheltered from the breeze in this area, it was very still. The trees here were perfectly reflected in the water, giving a mirror image of their true forms.
I guess that to get the best reflection in water, stillness is the key.
Perhaps the spiritual lesson here is that if our lives are too frantic, it’s hard for us to reflect Christ.