a great day to stop, look, and listen.
“When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over.” John 2:9 NLT
Coming upon railroad crossings that do not have signals, it is always a good idea to stop, look, and listen. Failure to do so could cause us to fail to see or hear a train coming, and that would have disastrous consequences.
Being alert to what is going on around us and paying close attention to the things that are influencing our decisions and driving our actions is always a good idea. Many of us ask the Lord for help in our lives through prayer, but then fail to do the important part: we fail to stop, look, and listen for the answer. Failure to do this could result in negative consequences in our lives. They may not be as disastrous as not seeing that train, but if we miss God’s instruction, then we are left only with our own ability to direct our lives.
Why is it important to stop, look, and listen? Because God sometimes provides us with the answers we are looking for in ways that might not be immediately apparent. It is not as if He makes an announcement or taps us on the shoulder each time He fulfills a request. Just as evidenced at the wedding, many times the work of the Lord is done quietly and without fanfare.
If we examine all of the things that are taking place around us, we can tell which things are results of God’s influence. It requires patience, and concentrated effort, but many of us would probably be surprised how many times we have missed the message because we did not heed the warning and “stop, look, and listen.”
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson