Do you ever feel like no one is even listening, like the world is tuning you out?
Your voice seems to bounce right off your children.
Your voice isn’t heard on the committee.
Someone has actually told you to shut up.
You’re a blogger and it seems like no one ever reads what you’ve written.
Your spouse is so invested in social media that they absorb your words without hearing them.
There are just as many ways to be unheard as there are ways to be heard.
It’s a noisy world, I get it. We can’t listen to everyone. But what about when you have something really important to say?
When your kids desperately need to hear the caution or the grace you are offering…
When the committee would honour God so much better if they implemented your ideas…
When the world would be safer if you stood up for yourself and for others…
…if someone actually listened to the words of life you want to give them.
In a world of selfies and dramatic personal style, of sports cars and hair dye, where everyone is screaming to be noticed, it is easy to feel ignored, invisible…transparent…like a ghost that someone walks through: they feel a momentary chill, then shake it off and continue snapping selfies and talking loudly on their cell phones.
Last week I was feeling crushed, invisible by virtue of being under a weight I couldn’t bear anymore. Nobody could see that I was struggling. When I finally took 5 minutes to be alone, for some reason I clicked over to a post that I had written a month ago and had just been posted on another blog. They were exactly the words that I needed to hear.
My own words, typed in a fury of inspiration, written for someone else, encouraged my own heart a month later.
The Word of God will not return void.
His words, given to us and sent out to the world, do not ever return without accomplishing His purposes. They may seem to fall on deaf ears, but they are never a waste. Part of the purpose of the words given to me last month was to encourage my heart this month. Perhaps no one else heard them, but I did, and that’s what matters.
The Word of God did not return void.
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:10, 11
Do you feel like you’re walking around under an invisibility cloak, screaming for someone to see past the invisibility to the glory within? Remember today that His word does not return void, and the words that you throw out from beyond your invisibility cloak, if they are God’s words, will not return void. And when they return, they will make a little hole in your invisibility cloak, revealing the beautiful creation within.
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