A Spiritual Exercise: Listen

“The heavens declare the glory of God,” the Psalmist wrote. “The skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2) The Creator speaks through His creation.

You can hear Him too, if you’ll stop what you’re doing and listen.

A quiet spot in nature is best, but if that’s not possible, a view of a tree, a few plants, or even a patch of sky will do.

Switch off your phone. Put all other thoughts aside, and give God your full attention. Block out everything in your vision that is manmade, and concentrate on something that God made—a flower, a tree, a bird, a butterfly, a cloud, a pond or stream, the breeze. …

Imagine the love and care that God put into creating that single thing. Then multiply that by all the others like it in the world. What does that tell you about God’s love and care for you? Doesn’t that give you a sense of peace and well-being?

Take a few long, deep breaths. Relax, soak in God’s love, take in the view, and listen as God reveals more of His truths. 

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If you don’t yet have a personal connection with God, you can make one right now by inviting His Son, Jesus, into your heart. Simply pray this short prayer:

Jesus, I believe in You and invite You into my life as my Savior and constant companion.