Listen to the soft mutterings of your heart. To the breath that was breathed into your lungs. To the quiet hum of silence. Sink into it.
Listen to the emotions that clutter your soul. To the questions elbowing at your mind. To the hurts that break you open in places you'd rather hide. Be quiet and go to those places.
Listen to what the bent of your will is. To the pull of your desire, to the cry of your heart. Listen in a way that ascends the mere silence. Rather, listen in a way that invites you to really hear. The secret to asking hard questions is being willing to answer them. Are you willing?
Lean in to the answers that you've made space to greet. Reach towards the deepest basement of self. Unveil yourself. Welcome it all.
Listen and breathe.
Listen and reach.
Listen and receive.
Let's attentively listen. Sound waves intersecting our anatomical ears, is not listening. It is hearing. It's a logistical fallacy. It's self-deception to think that the punctual attendance of hearing bears any weight.
Don't merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what the word says (James 1:22). God's word, His law, discovers the spots of sin in our lives. He is gracious to speak to us and to show us the blemishes of self. Vulnerability accompanies listening. We need to let the walls fall, drop the armor, see the corruption of our nature, the disorder of our hearts, and we need to own it.
When we spend time quieting ourselves and truly listening, we are making way for counsel and direction. We need to attend to what we hear, nurture it, and know that even though we are dark, we are loved so tremendously in spite of it.
God proposes that we call to him. He says, "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things that you do not know" (Jeremiah 33:3). Ask the questions, find where your soul lies, where your heart is bound, where you fall short. Ask of Him, and he will instruct you because he loves you, and he wants you free.
Assent to His word.
Obey and respond to His direction.
Listen to love.