May 7, 2019
“And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, ‘Follow me’” (Mark 2:14a, ESV).
Arnie was retired from his orthopedic practice and helping lead the retreat for Christian doctors. He did not know it would be he who would be changed. Based on Dallas Willard’s book Hearing God, the retreat speaker challenged his audience, “I want you each to take the next five minutes and just listen to the Lord in silence.” After three minutes of silent listening, Arnie heard God ask him in the silence, “How are you spending your time?” From that moment, Arnie’s life was rearranged.
Have we practiced the discipline of solitude and listening? At the end of our daily prayers, do we sit still a few moments and let God speak before we rush into our day or slip into our nightly dreams?
Who knows what God might tell us?
It’s actually a scary thought to think that God might rearrange our lives like Arnie, should we truly listen to Him. I’m not sure I’m ready for that. I know that, when Jesus spoke, James and John “…left their father Zebedee in his boat with the hired men…” (Mark 1:20, NIV 1984); and I know that Levi got up from his tax collector’s booth to follow Jesus into a rearranged life, but I’m not sure I’m ready for that. So, I’m not sure I want to stop my day for a few minutes at the conclusion of my usual requests and listen to what God has to say.
Let me be still and listen.