Have You Heard Voices?

November 11th, 2008 by

“Have you been half-asleep, and have you heard voices? I’ve heard them calling my name. I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it. There’s something that I’m supposed to be. Someday, we’ll find it…the rainbow connection: the lovers, the dreamers, and me” (The Rainbow Connection, by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher).

Most all of us have heard that song—it floated through our childhood through the voice of Kermit the Frog sitting on a log near his pond and dreaming of something more. Have you ever stopped to analyze the words? Have you ever felt something stirring inside of you—calling you to be the person you were created to be? Have you ever felt a Voice inside you telling you that you were born for a purpose, or been told something by someone that you know is what some people might call a “prophetic word”: a word that resonates inside of you and says, “God knows you and knows where you are, He created you, loves you, and is calling you forward into your destiny?”

We all have a destiny, and a loving Creator dreamt a dream of us as He formed us in our mother’s womb. Although it cannot be proven scientifically that He sang over us as we were growing and on the day of our birth, the proof is in the hunger we all feel, at times, to reach for a dream—a vision—a hunger meant to bring us straight to His arms and lead us to His heart. If we stop and listen, we can almost hear a Voice urging us to leave this job, or take that job, or stay where we are and enjoy the contentment of being right where we need to be.

Still, in the changes of stretching for “more”, or in the joy of being where we need to be, the oceans and expansive universe—the depths of the heavens—stir a knowledge in our souls that there is more even than what we are experiencing. The more is a loving God who made us, and calls us, and waits for us to come to Him—to be still enough to let Him find us. He is always waiting to encourage, correct, rejoice with us or mourn with us, and His word at times collides with our world in a voice we can hear: a word (that we define as prophecy or a word of knowledge) that gets inside of us, and changes us, and fills us with purpose and with the awesomeness of being cared for by Him, and we are never again the same.

Moses is an example of this. Picture the scene: “Moses.” The lonely sheepherder stopped and looked around. Who had called his name? “Moses.” Fire leapt to life and crackled in the bush beside him; Moses jumped back from the flames and then leaned in closer to hear. Strange as it sounds, Moses heard the Voice of God—Yahweh–the Creator: the One who had seen Moses’ failure in Egypt and his escape into the desert; the One who was calling Moses back to who he was born to be. Into that place of quiet desperation, God spoke and awakened purpose in Moses’ heart again. With one word of prophecy, God told Moses that He was sending Moses back to Egypt to set the nation of Israel free from slavery and lead them to a Promised Land. Although Moses was scared, the Voice couldn’t be anyone other than God—no one but Moses’ creator knew the pain Moses must have felt at being forced to hide in the desert after killing an Egyptian and all the questions that had raced through Moses’ mind about whether his family—the other Israelites—would ever be free. In one instant, God stepped into Moses’ world, spoke straight into Moses’ heart, and encouraged him, giving him hope for the future and strength to carry the word inside of him until he saw it come to pass.

That word was severely tested over the next days, weeks, months, and years. Still, Moses held onto that word, and the day came when he stood on a mountain and looked over into the Promised Land where the Israelites would live free. God’s Word in our hearts—prophecies we’ve received—may hide for a season and seem to go unfulfilled, but in the end, what God speaks will always come to pass. The question is: will we listen? Will we give His word room to grow inside of us? Will we love Him even more than the fulfillment of His promises; will that love help us endure and trust Him when everything around us whispers that it was all a lie? Will we line ourselves up with His word—developing His character inside of us and setting aside things that could hinder that word like a mother sets aside anything that would harm her baby’s growth?

These days, people serve so many things: money; drugs; fame; sex, etc. They decide that “anything goes;” “nothing matters;” “what works for you is okay for you,” but none of these philosophies really satisfy. Inside, there is a voice calling us—telling us that there is a Way; a Truth; a Life, and the only answer is in Jesus Christ, and in letting His words wash over us and encourage us. His Word comes to bring purpose to our hearts again. His Word tells us that He created us, He loves us, and He came to show us the way into the ultimate Promised Land—eternity with Him. He is always speaking, and it is a joy when His word collides with our world in a word that we can hold onto and cling to when hard times come. His promises—as prophetic words of a future and hope in Him—are true. So, to quote again that song: with His Word in our hearts (His promises as a connection of covenant and love leading the way), “someday, we’ll find it…the rainbow connection: the lovers, the dreamers, and me.”

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