Ice House

I have read how, in days of yesteryear, people used ice-houses in order to
preserve their food. I heard how one man lost his pocket watch while working in
one of these ice-houses. He searched diligently for it raking through all the
sawdust on the floor—but without success. Fellow workers also failed to find it.

A boy who wanted to know what all the fuss was about went into the ice-house,
closed the door, and before long he emerged with the watch.

"How did you do it?" the men asked.

"I closed the door," the boy replied, "lay down with my ear in the sawdust on
the floor, and kept very still. Soon I heard the watch ticking."

Many people ask, "Does God speak to people today?" And how would I know if God spoke to me?

Actually God speaks to us in a myriad of ways. But unless we stand still long
enough and listen with our heart, we may never hear him. God may not speak in an
audible voice but he "speaks" very specifically through his Word, the Bible. But
we need to read and study it to get his message. And God "shouts" to us through
creation. As his Word, the Bible, says, "The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where
their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words
to the ends of the world." - Psalm 19:1-4 (NIV).

God also speaks to us through various circumstances. Unfortunately, some of us
don't stop and listen until a crisis hits us and causes us to slow down and take
stock of our life.

Basically, however, in life we see what we want to see, we hear what we want to
hear, and we pay attention to what we want to pay attention. Hearing God's voice
is a choice. If we truly want to hear it, we will.