Lent FLOW Mar. 7
March 7, 2018
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”
- Genesis 50:20 (ESV)
Voices - Who Will You Listen To? - Part 1
Recently I’ve found I’ve had a lot more time for reflection. Whether it’s in the evenings when I’m forced to stay home from sports practice, in the times I find myself alone in my room, or during the nights when I’m exhausted yet can’t sleep no matter how hard I try. These times alone can be refreshing, renewing, and important. But in the last month, I’ve found they can be equally, or even more so, detrimental, dangerous, and outright terrifying.
Why you might ask? Voices. A lot of them. We all have them -- those self-talk voices that get you thinking about everything. They lurk and whisper, most of the time we barely notice. They tell us all sorts of things and they make suggestions of how we should live our lives. And when we obey, it all seems normal… almost perfect.
But it isn’t always right, most of the time it’s not. As I’ve learned to recognize how wrong some of these voices are, I’ve started saying no. Refusing to obey them. Refusing to believe them. It’s freeing, and it’s empowering, but it isn’t easy.
Soon, the whispering is replaced with screaming. Louder and louder. The lurking is replaced with consuming my mind 24/7. They stop suggesting and start commanding.
It doesn’t shut off - pounding, pounding, pounding. All day. All night.
Escape? No chance.
And in all the chaos, a soft sound rises above the noise; “this is not where it ends...”