There is this passage in Revelation that talks about the Wind Words of God. I have never heard that term used before. Quiet honestly I kind of glazed over it as I continued reading chapter 2 and on into 3. But as I later reflected back on the passage I could not grasp what the heck a Wind Word was. That was until I missed one key element of the passage. A word that was hidden that I could not see. Here is the passage to check out:
Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. (the Message)
I missed the word Listen. Wind Words do not make sense unless they are preceded by the word Listen.
I have been doing a lot of thinking the past four weeks about what my One Word (a great series that Alece Ronzino aka @gritandglory did for the New Years) would be. I started to feel like a failure because it took me that long to come up with anything, let alone one word. But as I continued to wrestle with what my word would be the the very answer was in the reason I could not figure out what my word needed to be.
I hear a lot of noise each day. Tons of noise comes through my headphones from talk radio, music, and phone conversations. I hear and have conversations with friends, strangers and family each day. Spend some time with the noise of entertainment, and even listen to my own noise that comes out of my mouth. I am surrounded by noise daily.
The problem with this noise is it caused me to do a lot of hearing but no listening.
There is a huge difference between hearing and listening.
Hearing allows you to be selective
Listening makes you focus
Hearing has no filter
Listening causes you to filter
Hearing is a passive activity
Listening is an active participation
My One Word for 2011 is Listen.
My theme for 2011 is to Listen.
To Listen to my family
To Listen to my friends
To Listen to the hurting
To Listen to the prophets
To Listen to the wise
To Listen to the beauty
To Listen to the passionate
But to ultimately Listen to the Wind Words of God.
Because often times words just becomes something we might hear but never listen to, and wind becomes something we feel but we never see. But when we stop to listen and start to pay attention to the Words of God much like the wind they cause something to be moved.