"Father, what does Your voice sound like?"
Recently I was reading and journaling when prompted to ask God the question, "Father, what does your voice sound like?" As I sat on our porch at the lake I pondered the question while waiting for His answer. Suddenly I felt a gentle breeze and the water from the lake gently rolled in along the shoreline. "That's what My voice sounds like Ann." I sat in awe while He spoke to me about His voice. He says SO much!
Sometimes the water ever so gently rolls along the shoreline that I can barely hear it. But it's there. It's always there! There are moments, hours, when the water seems so still that it looks like glass. But it still moves. It's still active. It's still doing what it intends to do. There are those times that it seems as though a timer is set for the water to consistently roll up and along the shore for hours on end with a strategic purpose. The purpose is to wash ashore debris and other objects (treasures!) that are in the lake. Then without any warning the wind kicks up stirring the water into a frenzy of white caps. Wrath crashes on the shoreline pushing debris far up onto the shoreline so it can never touch the water's edge again. There is so much strength in the water. Elohim takes chaos and brings order with just His voice! As the Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim) hovered over the face of the waters...And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. (Genesis 1...The Creation of the World). There is power in His voice!
Savor: taste, smell, enjoy with much pleasure. A favorite time for me is walking the shoreline. Listening. Reflecting. Watching. Singing (I make up songs because I can't remember lyrics!). Crying. Treasure hunting. Cleaning up the trash (not usually so fun but very satisfying when it's all finished). Like the shoreline needs tending to so does my soul. He speaks to my soul. Gently. Consistently. Quietly. Violently. Never to harm me but always to love me. He is never angry at me but brings His wrath on the dangers to my soul washing them far upon the shoreline never to touch the Water's edge again. It's my responsibility to remove the "debris" and care for the shoreline as He reveals the dangers. I'm always surprised with the treasures that are waiting to be found! Treasures among the debris. Spiritual highlights of the cleansing.
On the shoreline of our lakefront property I have found the most interesting treasures. Old rusted metal, buckets, nails, bolts, pieces of boat docks, old bottles, rusted bottle caps, driftwood, barb wire, fossils, and more! I love to use these things in my assemblage art pieces. The best finds though are the heart shaped rocks! I have buckets full of them! Every time I find one it's as though I hear Jesus telling me, "I love you, Ann, and I am always right here with you. Savor the shoreline, Ann."