God Speaks to Us in the Quiet

Have you ever noticed that you hear a lot of sounds at night that you don’t usually hear during the day? Maybe it’s a dog barking, a quiet clock ticking, or even the wood in your home making clicks and pops as it settles. The Bible tells us that when Samuel was a young boy, God spoke to him one night as he was lying in bed. Samuel did not know it was God at first, but once he figured it out, he responded, “Speak. I’m listening.” Then God gave him a message. For the rest of Samuel’s life, God continued to speak to him in this way.

God speaks to us, too, but we often have to settle down and listen so that we can understand His message. This is one reason it is so important to make time to spend in prayer with God. When nothing else can distract us and we can listen carefully, God can speak to us the best. Samuel knew this well.

Do you want to find out what God has in store for you? Just start listening!

Have children practice these exercises with a friend to see just how much they can hear when they are focused. Give these instructions:

1. Stand right in front of your friend and whisper their name. Can they hear you? Take a step back. Whisper their name again. Can they still hear you? Keep taking steps back to see how far you can go and still hear one another.

2. Hold one end of a pool noodle up to your ear. Ask your friend to whisper something into the other end. Can you make out the message? Repeat this in a noisy place. Can you still make out the message? Does the pool noodle help or hurt your focus? Why?

3. Make a hole in the bottom of two foam cups. Pull a string through the bottoms and tie off stopper knots. Stretch out the string into a straight line. Hold one of the cups up to your ear. Ask your friend to whisper something into the other cup. Can you make out the message? Repeat this in different places. Do the cups help or hurt your focus? How?

4. Find a quiet spot to spend time in prayer every day with God. Pray and listen every day. Can you make out any messages? Do what He says.

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