The New Language

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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Deuteronomy 4:29 – But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. (NIV)

Midge, my fourteen-year-old miniature long-haired dachshund, went through a long period of depression and sorrow a few years ago after she lost her hearing. She could no longer hear my voice. She didn't know what I wanted. She was missing out on so much of what was happening around her. Day by day, she began to withdraw more and more. My heart went out to her. I didn't know what to do, until one day, I decided to try to teach her a new language: sign language. This wasn't easy, though, as her eyesight was also beginning to deteriorate. Still, I kept at it. One year and then another, but still she didn't respond. And then, one day, it all paid off. The light came on, and she suddenly realized that she could hear my voice with her eyes. Her joy and excitement were palpable, and since then, there have been big changes, for Midge watches me diligently through every waking moment and is thus able once again to hear.

I have discovered that hearing the Lord's voice also requires a whole new language, different from the language of this world.

1 Kings 19:11-12 – The Lord said [to Elijah], "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by." Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountain apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. (NIV)

The world speaks to us in one way, but God speaks to us in another. I like to call it "heart language", for it is that still, quiet voice within. It is the one that I have had to learn to listen for, not with my ears, but with all my heart and all my soul. It is that whisper that speaks louder than a shout when I am in tune with it, and it brings big changes, brightening up my world in a whole new way. It leads me from darkness into light, chaos into order, anxiety into peace. It is most definitely a language well worth learning for all those who truly want to hear.

Prayer: Father God, thank You that we can hear Your voice amidst the deafening sounds of the world, which seeks our constant attention. We ask, in Christ's name, that You would still the activity of our ever-active minds this day, that we might look for You with all our heart and with all our soul, and hear Your voice. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good word for today Lynne.

    Enjoyed and learned from your devotional.

    Thank you so much Lynne…your words!! YES!

    Hi Lynn, Thanks for the inspiring devotional.
    Bless you.

    Excellent…in both style and content.
    Thank you.

    Lynne, your contributions to the Web Page give me a lift.
    Blessings, keep giving me, and so many others, a “lift”,

    God bless you for your love and compassion to your little dog!
    Thank you for this lovely devotional.

    Dear Lynne;
    Thank you for your wonderful words this morning. Amen to your prayers. Stay warm!

    Another thought provoking devotion Lynne. Thanks for sharing. You gave me a lift and started my beautiful day! Blessings on your day today!

    Beautiful Lynne, Thank you !! As I’ve said before….you are a gift to the animal world. You are the epitome of Galatians 5:22. May you continue to inspire us with your devotionals.

    Dear Lynne,
    I’m always amazed at your patience and ability to train so many animals. Today’s lesson in particular was a great analogy. I give you a lot of credit for your perseverance and faith. To God be the glory!

    Dear Lynne,
    A great devotional! I plan to give it to my table mates who have a deficit in either hearing or seeing. I hope they will be encouraged by your word.
    Thank you and God bless.

    Lynne, I love your devotionals. Your love for animals gladdens my heart.
    Thank you for sharing your life experiences and your heart. God bless you as you love Him and serve Him.

    Loved your story about teaching a dog to hear. Amazing.
    I used to love preaching on God’s whisper in our ear from 1 Kings 19, along with 1 Sam 3’s “Here I am”, but that was a long time ago.
    Thanks for reminding me! It has always touched my heart how God is available for those who seek Him.

    Hi Lynne!
    Thanks for writing to us! Amen!!!
    The gentle patience you exercised to teach Midge, I believe is the same as our LORD’s loving patience with us.
    His messages pervade everywhere, some subtle and some blatant. We need eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to understand. What JOY it is when we “get” a message and then our curiosity builds anticipating the next and the next.

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