You hear the voice of Jesus. You may not always recognize that it’s his voice. Part of the maturing process is learning to hear his voice in more ways – and recognizing that it is his voice you are hearing. That may sound a bit odd. Let me explain.
Jesus says that his sheep hear his voice. That’s us: we hear him.
The paradox is that he speaks in many ways.
And we hear his voice. And we don’t always recognize that it is Jesus who is speaking to us. And there’s more.
The more we learn to hear his voice in more ways, the more often we know we are hearing him.
A result is that we recognize we are hearing Jesus more, and we discover he is already speaking to us in more ways and more often than we had previously realized.
We are learning to recognize our Appointed Lessons.
He continues to surprise us, as we learn not only to hear him, but to recognize that it is him talking to us – and talking to us in more and different ways.
It’s almost like a game: There’s more.
“Hide and Go Seek” – is Jesus playing with us this way? Hiding and challenging us to find him?
Jesus speaks to us in a stream of surprises. His answers often surprise us. His methods of speaking and answering us often surprise us.
We are being drawn in to look and listen in more and more ways, more and more deeply. And our relationship with God is always deepening.
Always becoming…something more.