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Please read Psalm 14:3 in your Bible.
I attended our synod's Women of the ELCA Assembly back in the spring. I was sitting there waiting my turn to do my spiel about all the great things Lutheran Campus Ministry is doing while they took care of some business. Surrounding the perimeter of the meeting room were all these banners from past assemblies and individual congregations. Some were beautifully done with ornate artwork. Others while lacking in artistic expertise were quite thought provoking.
On one banner there was a huge sun on a sky blue background. That caught my eye as I read across the top in capital letters the word, "LOST." Underneath that word written between each ray of sunshine were other words that I did not recognize. As I read across from top to bottom, there was written "iber, seru, tyus, e, net." I thought to myself, "How sophisticated these women must be using a foreign language on a banner. Is it Greek or Latin? Is it some Eastern European or Scandinavian language?" I resolved to ask someone what it meant when I got the chance.
The business meeting went on and on. I continued to study the banner when it suddenly occurred to me that I had been looking at the thing the wrong way. "LOST" was indeed written across the top horizontally. But the rest of the words were written vertically using as their first letters the letters of the word lost. The banner actually read "Listen, Obey, Serve, Trust."
How easy it seems for us to get so narrowly focused that we can only see a situation or opportunity from only one perspective. Our expectations get set on how we think something should be and we refuse to consider another perspective. So it is when God speaks to us. We may expect God to whisper in our ear or come to us in a dream and reveal God's will for our lives or some particular situation. This may indeed happen, but God will not be limited. God can speak to us however God pleases through words on a page, the voice of a friend, an inner conviction, a sudden insight, or any manner God chooses. Be open to examining your life and God's will for it from all perspectives. God is active all around. Open yourselves to God's voice.
Pray that God will open your ears, eyes, hands, heart, and soul to God's voice and will for your life. Pray along with the Psalmist, "Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Let your good spirit lead me on a level path" (v. 10).