Hey, batta, batta, batta!

25 Jul

“I was teaching a group of writing students in my living room, and the subject for the evening was ‘following the heart.’  I used baseball as the metaphor.  ‘When the mind sets up chatter,’ I said, ‘the heart can’t remember it’s name, let alone watch the ball.”  –Carolyn Wall

Although Carolyn Wall was referring to listening to your writing voice, I’m referring to listening to God’s voice.  My son calls it monkey chatter.  I call it popcorn brain.  And it’s a problem because when we’re listening to the chatter we can’t hear God’s still small voice.

12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire [a sound of gentle stillness and] a still, small voice.  13 When Elijah heard the voice, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, What are you doing here, Elijah? 1 Kings 19: 11-13

Cast that chatter out–again and again if necessary.  If we can’t do that, we can ask God to quiet us!  He’ll do it.  He wants us to hear His voice.  When we do we can respond as Elijah did–in humilty and standing before Him to listen.

He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.  Psalm 107:29

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