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Signposts: Daily Devotions

Tuesday, July 28

Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.
—Isaiah 65:24

Parents and lovers understand this verse. Even before a child can speak, a parent is aware of what the child needs. What parent has not awakened from a deep sleep, hearing merely a movement or soft whimper from their child in the night?

When two people are in love, they can look at one another and discern the need or question in their beloved's heart.  It is as if we are more finely tuned toward the needs and murmurs of those for whom we have great love.  Even when we're distracted by other tasks or focusing on something that feels important in our own lives,we are able to be present to those we love,

This is the deep love that God has for us. We are God's children.  We are God's beloved. Our emotions, the questions in our hearts, the fears and anxieties that trouble us, the longings of our soul are in God's heart even before we are able to name them for ourselves.

We need never worry that God is too distant or too busy to listen to the vibrations of our mind and soul. This promise relieves us of the stress of saying the perfect prayer, or identifying every shade of discomfort in us. Like a child who runs to their mother, sometimes before knowing why, we can simply bring ourselves into the presence of God and trust that God will identify the reasons behind our sobs and sighs.

Then, with maternal tenderness, heaven eases our uneasiness,and what we didn’t even know we needed is provided. We don’t have to have it all figured out. All we have to do is run to God.

Gracious God, hear the hurts of my soul and fill my needs even when I'm not sure what they are.