Our daughter takes the bus to school each school day. About 10 minutes after she leaves, I hear the bus drive by our home — which gives me peace of mind, knowing that she’s on her way to school.
Some days, I wouldn’t hear the bus. This was bothersome to me and caused me to worry a little. Once, it caused me to worry enough that I called the school an hour later to make sure she made it safely. She did, but the incident caused me to wonder why I didn’t hear the bus drive by that day.
As I contemplated the situation, I realized my thoughts were elsewhere that morning and I couldn’t remember if I actually did hear the bus. Physiologically, my ears must have heard the bus, but it didn’t register in my mind. What it boiled down to was that I simply didn’t listen intently that day. My mind was elsewhere.
From that day on, I made it a habit to listen for her bus each and every day. Sometimes, I’d almost forget, but ultimately I heard the rumbling of the bus’s engine as it traveled down our street. No matter what was going on — the running water of a shower, the buzz of conversations taking place around me — I kept the bus in mind, and I heard it as it passed.
I see a parallel between this situation and my relationship with God. I’ve felt His love, influence and direction enough in my life to know when He communicates with me on a personal level. Like with the bus, there are days when my thoughts are elsewhere and I miss what He’s saying because I’m preoccupied. On days when my thoughts are frequently on Him and His Son, I feel Their love and influence clearly.
As I’ve reflected on my day-to-day experiences, I see that there are too many times that my thoughts are far from Him. I’ve taken inventory of the good days I’ve had recently, and each of those days are days that He and His Son were not far from my mind.
Like with the bus, if I develop a habit of keeping God in my mind and heart more often, I’ll hear Him and feel of His love more often. If I do this every day, I’ll feel of His love and presence every day.
And so it is for all of us on our journey. We come to this earth with an innate ability to communicate with our Maker, to feel of His presence, direction and love. All that we need to do is to listen and live as He would have us live. The way I see it, this is a pretty cool truth, one that we can — and should — seek earnestly.
Are you listening?