The Japanese fish, koi, are colorful and hardy. They can survive cold water temperatures and require little food. These beautiful fish graced my garden’s pond and gave me an opportunity to sit and relax as I fed them each evening.
The pond was my evening escape; a respite after the hurriedness of the day. The koi, however, will not eat peacefully when the pond’s pumps are running – the churning of the pump system and the splashing of the fountains distract and scare them. They waited for the pumps to shut down and the water to be still before they would eat the food I scattered for them.
Timidly at first, then with increasing enthusiasm and boldness, the orange and white fish take their dinner, eating all that is offered. The fish will stay close to the surface displaying their glowing colors and spots. Fish breeders claim that koi will even allow you to pet them if they get used to your voice and presence.
Hearing God’s Voice
We often wonder why we can’t hear God’s voice or feel His presence. I think many times it is because we do not turn off the spout of the world’s noise and activity in our lives long enough to hear Him. We are much like the koi who get distracted by the world’s hum of activity that we do not sit still to even partake of the food that is nourishment to our soul.
Jesus encouraged the weary to come to Him and rest, the hungry to come to Him and be filled, and the thirsty to find refreshment in Him. We cannot find the way into His presence amidst noise and chaos. We must shut off the world’s influx into our minds and hearts so we can hear the Father’s voice, see His face, and find nourishment from His hand.
Learn this lesson from the koi who symbolize strength and perseverance; they show us that in quietness and confidence we can find our strength from God’s hand.
In returning and rest you shall be saved. In quietness and confidence shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:15
Calling on the Master Gardener:
Lord, thank You for the peace and nourishment You provide for my soul. When I am anxious and hurried, remind me to turn off the world’s noise and sit quietly in Your presence. Lead me beside still waters where I can hear Your voice and find rest in You. Amen.
Preparing the Soil:
Do you allow yourself quiet time to hear God’s voice? How can you carve out more time to be still before him?
Why is it important to tune out the world when listening for God’s voice?
Sowing the Word:
Carve out a time and place each day to be still before God where distractions cannot find you. When faced with the need for immediate and clear direction from God, take drastic measures to eliminate the world’s noise and wait before God until you are assured you have heard His voice.
Psalm 23; Matthew 11:28-30
If you don’t have room for an in-ground pond, consider a container water feature for your porch or deck. Birdbaths bring relief to feathered friends and some shallow pots with beads or rocks allow for honey bees to rest and take a sip of water.
Did you take time today to still the noise around you? God has something to say to you. ~ Mary