Trusting and Listening to God

Categories: Elijah and Elisha, Power of Prayer, Putting God First

"...And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice." -- I Kings 19:11-12

In our Sunday School class, we are learning to trust God and listen for His direction. We may not be able to physically see or touch God, but if we listen expectantly, we can always hear His "still small voice" guiding us.

To illustrate this concept, I brought a few toddlers' toys (stacking cups, shape sorter, wooden puzzle, etc.) and a blindfold to class. Each student had to follow my step-by-step directions to complete a task blindfolded, just by listening. The students were not allowed to see the toys beforehand. Others in the class were very quiet and still while each one took his turn.

The students were amazed at what they could achieve -- whether it was a completed puzzle or tall tower -- by listening only to my directions. This helped them understand that even though we cannot see God or may be unsure about a path to take, He is always speaking gently to us. God is always guiding us to accomplishments beyond our expectations.

Susie S. Quitter
Menlo Park, CA