|© 2012 Elizabeth Anderson|
A few days ago I was hiking through the woods with my family. As we walked, we passed a father and his little son on the trail. The father was sharing something with his son and the little boy was listening with shining eyes. The boy could not have been older than six or seven, but every part of his being was enthralled by his father’s words. He was so eager to hear that he walked as closely to his father as he could and kept looking up into his daddy’s face. As they passed, I realized that the father was saying something important: he was sharing a vision, a dream, that he had for his son.
Even now I do not want to forget the image of that little boy’s shining eyes. Do I listen to my heavenly Father’s voice with the same excited attention? Do I walk as closely as I can so as not to miss a word? Have I caught the vision that He has for my life? Is every fiber of my being bent on hearing and obeying Him? Sadly, I am often not like that little boy: I stumble through my devotions, try to walk as closely to the “line” between right and wrong as I can, and push His vision for me to the side, while focusing my energies on the things I enjoy.
Our heavenly Father’s main vision for every Christian is to live like He is real and like His Gospel is powerful. The Lord will direct each person to accomplish that vision in different ways. Do you love to hear His voice? Have you caught the specific vision He has for you? If you do not know what it is, ask Him! Then be like that little boy and treasure your Father’s every word. Let’s humble ourselves as little children, like Jesus told His disciples, and listen to our heavenly Father’s voice as if we can’t get enough.
“Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.” 1 Chronicles 16:11