A recognizable Voice -- By Annettee Budzban

"My sheep listen to my voice." John 10:27 (NIV)

Seven years ago my oldest son was in a near fatal accident. I still remember my excitement when I was given the news to come to the hospital. He was out of his coma. Enthusiasm overtook me. I was going to get to speak with him.

Arriving at the hospital, I quietly walked into the room. I assessed him from head to toe. I saw no apparent change in his condition. His eyes were still swollen shut. I couldn't tell if he was awake or asleep.

I felt butterflies in my stomach as I bent down at his bedside. I gently whispered in his ear, "Hi Jim, this is your mother."

There was a hesitation . . . Then he spoke, "Are you sure ? "

"Whose voice does this sound like?" I asked him.

"My Mothers," He quickly replied.

Years of hearing my voice helped him to recognize who I was. It is the same way with us and our relationship with God. We all strive to hear from Him. It takes years of practice. Then, little by little, we learn to recognize when He speaks to us. We receive that comfort of a recognizable voice, just as my son was comforted, when he recognized mine.

Divine guidance is God's will for us. We must believe that God speaks to us and that we can hear from Him. We do this through . . .

1) . Praying and reading His Word.

2) . Being in an atmosphere conducive to hearing God.

3) . Staying thankful.

4) . Being led by peace and wisdom.

5) . Knowing that He does not often show us the whole plan, but leads step by step.

Sit in a quiet atmosphere and approach Him as Samuel did. Say, "Speak Lord for your servant is listening." I Samuel 3:9 (NIV)

Annettee Budzban