Press In

I love it when the Lord gives me super simple revelation in the most unexpected ways. I was reading in Psalm tonight, and when I got to this verse – the last one in chapter 19 – I thought, “Okay, Lord, I am just going to lay here and meditate on what I read and what you want to tell me.”

So I laid my head down on my dog and listened for the Lord. What I heard, though, was her heartbeat.

I just laid there for a minute listening to the rhythmic thumping of her heart, and then BAM. Revelation.

I heard the silent voice of the Lord say to me, “Do you hear that? Do you hear that life? Do you hear it working? It’s always there, but you won’t hear it unless you press into it. There are too many other things that block out the sound of it. Will you press into my heart so you can hear it?”

He’s so good!!!!!

I laid there thinking about what I had just heard, and the revelation began to expand and go deeper.

God is available to every one of us. We can access Him and press into His heart any time. We can hear what He is doing and the life giving revelations He has for us, but we need to press in to hear it. We need to quiet everything else. God is deeply personal and desires that intimacy with us.

Then I thought of stethoscopes. You can hear a heartbeat with a stethoscope, too, but it isn’t nearly as personal. Yes, it would be weird if your doctor had to press her ear to your chest every time she listened to you heart, but it wouldn’t be weird if it were your child or spouse – someone you know on a deep and intimate level. We can try to use resources or other people to bring us closer to the Lord, and sometimes we may hear His heart for us, but we miss out on the beauty of the relationship if we keep our distance.

This is day two of making it a point to set aside time for the Lord each day, and He is already confirming how important it is for me to be willing to come close.

I’ve known the Lord for close to 20 years now. You’d think I would have come to this place where maintaining the relationship is easy, and although it isn’t easy, I always find it to be worth the struggle. I’m so thankful to serve such a good God. The One who cares so deeply for me that He is willing to use anything to speak to me…even my dog’s heartbeat.

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