As I was reading the devotion for our Lent family resource this week, I was reminded of this passage where God speaks to a small group of disciples who witness the transfiguration.
“Just then a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and from deep in the cloud, a voice: ‘This is my Son, marked by my love. Listen to him.’”
How often do you practice active listening... the kind of listening where you focus intently on what the other person is saying and you set aside your thoughts and just listen?
This is hard to do. I have been led through group brainstorming and collaboration in this method as well as through one on one relationship building. It is a deeply meaningful way to connect and process in a group. When I take the time to translate it to my day to day conversations, I don’t always get it right.
Jesus had actually taken many opportunities with the disciples to begin to share more about who he was and his mission in the world, but the disciples were still having trouble listening or understanding. On top of that mountain God spoke clearly about who Jesus was and what we should do in response... Listen to him.
I would invite you to take a moment to listen today. Breathe deep and listen. What is God sharing with you?