Scripture: John 10:19-30
Reflection: When our daughter, Margaret, was a newborn, we thought we saw her turn her head when her father would speak. So, we tested it out. We placed her on a mat, and he would move to different sides, speaking sweetly to her, and sure enough, she would slowly turn her still-wobbly head to face him. We used to laugh at the furrowed expression that would appear on her face, like she was saying, “I hear you, but I have no idea what you are saying!”
That’s sometimes what it is like to follow Jesus. Sometimes, his leading is crystal clear: a gut feeling you can’t ignore, a stir to use your gifts in a specific way. But sometimes, following Jesus feels an awful like learning to turn our attention to his voice, even if we don’t always understand where he might be leading. That’s why verses like, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” bring me some measure of comfort. What’s important is not that we have it all figured out, or even that we always know how to follow Jesus. What is important is that as we practice turning our attention to him, we will learn to discern the voice of the One who knows us, and continues to call us anyway.
Prayer: Dear Lord, in a world full of voices that compete for our attention, teach me how to listen for you. Amen.
Author: Anna Dickson
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].