God's Whisper

By: Bart Tesoriero

1 Kings 19:11-12

And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains... but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still, small voice.

We are blessed in our company with a personable, efficient and helpful receptionist whom I shall refer to as Edith. She doubles as our CEO’s administrative assistant, which is no small task!

Edith greets us as we come through the doors each weekday morning at Christian Brands. Over the course of the past year, Edith and I have become friends. On a recent Wednesday morning I paused to visit with her for just a few moments. In our Christians in Commerce meeting earlier that day, we had discussed being open and obedient to God’s whisper in our hearts. As we visited, I heard “a still, small voice” telling me to focus on Edith and give her my full attention.

In the middle of our conversation, Edith’s supervisor walked up to her desk with a sheaf of papers for her. My first impulse was to go on my way. But again, I felt a gentle impression to stay put, even if it meant feeling a bit uncomfortable because her supervisor had appeared.

In a moment, the supervisor walked away. Edith gratefully said to me, “Thank you for not walking away. You affirmed me as a person of worth who has a right to share a few words with a coworker without trying to look busy all the time.”

I marveled inwardly at the love of God for Edith that he would be so considerate of her feelings. I praise God for his care for each of us, a care that will make a difference not only in our workplace but also in our hearts.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: How am I at listening? When someone is speaking, do I treat them like they are the only person in the room, or do I allow my thoughts to wander?