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I HEARD HIS VOICE

By Amanda Smith

I was in the car on the way out of the OBGYN’s office when I heard very quietly, but boldly — “I hear you. And I’ve got this.”

My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant with our now baby boy for what felt like an eternity. It was a year, which really is not that long. In hindsight I should have been more patient, because there are so many women struggling with by far more heartbreaking moments than mine. I think that it was especially difficult because I had wanted a baby off and on for a couple years before that, but the timing wasn’t great. So now here I was — the timing was great — but I wasn’t pregnant? (Insert “I don’t have control over everything shocked face”)

We prayed about it constantly. I thought about it even more. My heart and desires were there, but my baby wasn’t. After a while my “patience” started to fade and I became less interested in praying. I felt like my Father in Heaven wasn’t listening. So I started to feel like I didn’t want to share. Have you ever felt that way?

It was such an odd feeling to me. It was the first time in my life that I felt that frustrated with God. I’m embarrassed to share it because it was not a good moment for me. However, I share it in hopes that someone else can relate to the feelings I was having, and maybe find some comfort in knowing they are not alone. I think it’s so natural to feel this way — when you’re asking for such a good thing, and you know God wants you to have it, but it just isn’t happening in your time frame.

I hadn’t voiced this lack of interest in prayer yet until one night my husband asked me to say our nighttime prayer. I looked a little embarrassed and replied, “Can you say it? I just don’t feel like it.” He asked me why. And like the emotional person that I am, it all came out in sobs. After patiently listening, he told me to tell Heavenly Father exactly what I told him. He told me to be sincere, honest, and open in my prayer and I would be heard.

I’ve never said a more sincere and heartfelt prayer before. It was a huge moment for me. My relationship with God became so realistic. He was my Father, and I was His child. The barrier and doubt I felt began to break down. I was overcome with peace from sharing my feelings and thoughts.

A couple weeks later – after fasting on the next Sunday and going to our temple (LDS temple) the following weekend –  I was driving away from the OBGYN’s office when I heard very quietly, but very boldly: “I hear you. And I’ve got this.” A rush of surprise, peace, and love filled my heart.

People hear the still small voice in different ways throughout their life. Typically for me it’s been a feeling in my heart. This was new for me, and it was powerful. I felt so comforted and empowered to continue to have faith. I was hopeful. Everything would work out.

It doesn’t always work that way for people. I cannot say I understand God’s timing for everyone, but in hindsight the timing for our baby boy could not have been more perfect for our little family. While there were a lot of tears, I am so grateful I had that experience. It has come to my mind over and over since then, providing comfort and wisdom in many different scenarios. I was humbled during this experience. That humility helped me find the motivation to earnestly and sincerely work so hard to be heard and understand God’s timing. I was reading my scriptures more, praying more, attending our temple and fasting on Sunday’s for answers. It was after I showed God my faith, my sincere desire, and worked to find His voice that it came.

And it came in a still, small voice. I have faith in the quiet.

 

Quiet Faith

The Faith Collective

 

May we live with the intention to create quiet moments where we can be still, and know that He is.

I have faith in the quiet.

I have faith in the quiet moments when I can feel the Savior’s love, His reassurance, His compassion, His wisdom, His friendship and His guidance.

I have faith in the quiet, humble actions that we take over many many years. These are the actions that create our habits, build our faith, and keep us rooted in Jesus Christ.

“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” – 1 Kings 19: 11-12

When Elijah went looking for the Lord, he did not find him in the wind, the earthquake or the fire. He found him in a still small voice. The world is not quiet. It is loud. Loud in the sounds that we hear, the pressures we feel, the expectations we create. How can we hear that still small voice with all that noise? How can we know our divine potential and our life’s purpose with that noise?

That’s life… that’s this life. But this is also our time. This is our time to make the most of life and accomplish all that God wants of us. How can we ever do that with that noise

“The Spirit does not get our attention by shouting or shaking us with a heavy hand. Rather it whispers. It caresses so gently that if we are preoccupied we may not feel it at all. …

“Occasionally it will press just firmly enough for us to pay heed. But most of the time, if we do not heed the gentle feeling, the Spirit will withdraw and wait until we come seeking and listening and say in our manner and expression, like Samuel of ancient times, ‘Speak [Lord], for thy servant heareth.’ (1 Sam. 3:10.)” – Boyd K. Packer

So I ask the following questions:

Do we make time to seek out the voice of our Lord?

Do we have enough faith to then listen when He responds?

Do we have enough faith to recognize these moments in which we hear His words?

Do we have enough faith to remember and appreciate these moments?

“ Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. ” – Psalm 46:10

I can almost hear the strength of quiet faith. I can almost see the dedication it takes to have it. We are invited to create an attitude of listening and humility in our hearts, as well as propelled to the physical actions that will  build our faith. We are required to be committed and endure to the end. Having quiet faith is reflected in our daily scripture study, the time we commit to our God, and the effort we put forth to know His will. It requires work and effort. But in that work and effort, we will find rest and peace with our God, knowing we are doing His will and feeling his arms around us.

May we live with the intention to create quiet moments where we can be still, and know that He is.