Pop-up WindowsBy Kathy A. Lewis
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Recently, I began to receive a barrage of pop-up windows on my computer. Every time I logged on to the Internet, I received an arsenal of solicitations that included everything from plastic surgery to refinancing. There was no end to it; it was maddening!
Finally, in desperation, I called the Technology Department, who came to my desktop and “did their magic” to correct the problem. I’m not exactly sure what they did, but it worked! They silenced the pop-ups.
Did you know that God uses pop-up windows? He uses them daily to notify us, to warn us and to direct us. We often refer to God’s pop-ups as our conscience, or that still, small voice of His Holy Spirit.
Throughout the day, pop-ups appear on the lighted screen of our minds. Sometimes they alert us that what we are thinking about or doing is dangerous in some way. Other times they suggest thoughtful or helpful things we can do for others. Sometimes they appear as a source of direction guiding us to make the right decision in a certain situation.
Missing God's Call
But God’s pop-ups are a bit more subtle than the images that flash across your computer screen. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve brushed them aside as irrelevant, only to discover later that they were from God.
Listening to the voice of God is challenging in a world as noisy as ours, but it is a discipline that can be cultivated. Conversely, His voice can also be silenced.
Today, set aside just a few moments of quiet time to talk to Him, then a few moments more to listen. Silence your mind and observe what you hear. Over time you will be able to distinguish His voice amid the clatter.
"Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10, NIV).