He is Always Here

My granddaughter and I were going for a walk around the neighborhood recently, but we were on a mission, we were in search of the neighborhood ‘squawking’ peacock, yes that’s right – a peacock.  We came upon a family outside doing yard work and struck up a friendly conversation.  They have lived here for over 10 years and stated that ‘Kevin’ whom they loving named the peacock, has been here just about as long.  I told them I had just heard him and was glad he was back, figuring he had somehow migrated to another neighborhood. (Silly me)  I had assumed he was gone since I hadn’t heard him in months to nearly a year.  The mom assured me, “Oh, he’s here, always here, he just seems quieter sometimes.”  They knew because Kevin lives in the tree line right behind them and is often seen there and on the rooftops of the local homes.  She pointed out certain trees that Kevin seems to frequent, so now I, of course, look to those trees.

I noticed over the course of the next few days I heard Kevin often, OFTEN!  I heard him this morning in fact.  Then a thought struck me, “Do I now hear him because I know in fact that he is always here?”  Has that knowledge peaked my awareness, my hearing?  The Holy Spirit began to rub in my heart that is how I am to be aware of Him.  KNOWING He is always here should indeed generate a hearing response in me.  Jesus says, His sheep know His voice. (John 10)

I am challenged by the words of Professor Lanny Hubbard, “Adam could hear the sound of God walking in the garden, can YOU hear the sound of the presence of God?” Oh!  OH!

May I encourage us, YES, God is here, He is always here, He just seems quieter sometimes. May we listen for Him, and be like Samuel, “Speak for your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:10)  and listen for the rustling of the trees even.  May we look for Him, and be pointers for others, and cause them to look as well.

Yes, that is Kevin pictured.

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)


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