On a windy and rainy evening, I sat on a bench underneath an awning trying to stay dry. I had made it to my meeting point after surviving a ride home in a heavy tropical rainstorm. Fortunately I have two weather apps on my phone to let me know where the rain was along with rain gear to wear. As I sat waiting, my mind was still on those who were still riding.
After a few minutes, an office worker walked up to a scooter. As she put her bags away, I wondered if she had any rain gear. As she made a move to put her key into the ignition I was sure she was going to keep thoroughly soaked. While the key turns everything on, it also unlocks a hidden compartment. She quietly reached into a stash with raingear. She was almost ready to leave.
As I watched her adjust the gear to minimize the leaks, I asked if she knew where the rain was. She answered no.
“Are you going east, west, or north?”
“To the west.”
“Would you like to look at a rain map? It might help.”
As we looked at the map and discussed routes to her destination, I could see a sense of calm settling down. Her unasked, no answer, questions had been answered. She knew the route for her journey on this evening.
As I watched her leave, I found myself in a dream world where every uncertainty had been heard and answered. Even as I stumbled for words, David offered me his; “Point me down your highway, God; direct me along a well-lighted street; show my enemies whose side you’re on.” (Psalm 27.11) In my dream world the answers were clear, the choices obvious.
As I refocused on the present, I realized there was something already underway. God speaks to us through lots of voices. Foremost, Divinity is talking to us through the people in our lives. Divine whispers also come through the voices of strangers, events, and moments of beauty.
I want to hear these voices.