Have you ever had a conversation where you knew the other person wasn’t listening? Like, they were checking their phone or looking away or their eyes were glazed over?
I was in a band in college because in college you have to be in a band. Right?
Somehow, our band got a gig in Australia at a week-long convention. A promoter took a huge risk on us and decided to bring us from Florida to the Gold Coast. We flew down and found our way to where we were staying.
Our lodging for the week was a high rise condo with a balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean in an area called Surfer’s Paradise.
When we got to the condo, our host came over to meet with us. We sat in the dining room with the million dollar view. Then he sat down at the head of the table and began to talk shop. He leaned in and began explaining so many things so fast!
I quickly realized we were in over our heads.
We had a lot riding on this.
This was a big opportunity for us and we had to make the most of it.
He began to rattle off tons of information about the culture of Australia, our itinerary for the week, and what was expected of us.
He told us why we were there.
He told us when things should happen.
He told us who we needed to know.
As I’m listening to him, I’m trying to process everything. I’m taking notes. I’m writing down setlist ideas. I’m thinking through our technical needs. I’m frantically trying to the make the most of this time with him.
As he’s talking, I’m looking across the table at our drummer, Bobby. While I’m trying to keep up with every word, it’s obvious that Bobby isn’t listening at all. He’s looking right past me out the window.
It kinda ticked me off.
After about an hour of this head-spinning meeting, he relaxed and sat back and began to talk calmly about sights we should see while in Australia. We told him we’d probably spend some time on the beach right outside of the condo.
He said, “There’s some amazing wildlife you can see even from out of these windows: Dolphin, sharks, even whales.”
Then Bobby spoke up, “Yep. There are whales out there. I was watching them while you were talking so much.”
I think sometimes Bobby is us. We are often in our own world – or at least in this world. Meanwhile, God is speaking – or willing to speak – if we’ll listen.
One of the biggest questions I get as a pastor is “What should I do?”
People have this question about their jobs, their family, their significant others, etc. But, when I get asked that, these questions aren’t for me to answer. They are for God to answer.
I can give advice, but He can direction.
Because if you’re like me, there are times where I want to hear from God. I actually want His perspective. I want His wisdom. I want His vantage point.
Because there are times:
We realize we are in over our heads.
We have a lot riding on this.
This was a big opportunity we have to make the most of it.
We’re told in Isaiah 55
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
And the times where I’ve really stilled and silenced myself to listen:
He has told me why I was there.
He told me when things should happen.
He told me who we needed to know.
I’ve heard His ways. I’ve understood His thoughts.
This week, and every week through this series, I’d love to have you spend literally FIVE minutes stopping and silencing yourself enough to really pay attention and listen for the voice of God.
We’re calling it [R]space. It’s a chance to
• Reflect on
• Restore from
• Respond to
the voice of God.
If you’d like extended time of this, we’re going to have an evening of just music and art where we can reflect, restore, and respond collectively and individually on May 4th at 6:30pm. For more info on that, click here.
Take 5 minutes today and try out some [R]space.
KEVIN STAMPER | LEAD PASTOR | @KEVINSTAMPER