My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)

When my son was a baby, he slept best if the room was not completely silent. We made sure to turn a radio on for him, not tuned to a station, just static. It calmed him and allowed him--and all of us--to rest.

Static works great for background noise, but if I am trying to listen to the radio for music or news and the station is not tuned properly I’m likely to shut it off. Listening to the static cut into what I want to hear frustrates me.

The world is noisy, both literally and figuratively. We live out our moments inside the static of a not-quite-tuned-in radio. But it’s important to remember that even when we are “out of tune” God is the radio station, endlessly broadcasting to us, waiting for each of us to hear what it is He wants to say.

As I flip through my radio dial, I realize how easy it is to find static and how much harder to get a crystal clear signal. It takes effort and practice to hear God through the noise. Be present when you read His word. Quiet yourself in prayer, not just speaking, but giving yourself space to hear back from Him.

He's ready to speak. All you need to do is ask.

Father, help me today to listen for your words. Shut out the world long enough so I can fill myself up with you, in order to go out and show them who you are. Amen.


Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.