Sounds abound that get our attention.
Through my open window, an almost obnoxious noise heralds summer’s end: honking geese. As I traipse across the crosswalk, I hear chirping as the number counts down and reminds me to hurry before the traffic light changes. Watching from the sidelines, I see my grandson scurry across the soccer field, responding to the coach’s screeching whistle. My children knew dinner was ready decades ago when I clanged an old copper bell. My smartphone’s reminder app now chimes, calling my attention to a task on the list. When the timer on the oven beeps, I’d better grab the potholder quickly if I don’t want the cake to burn. And did I hear the automatic garage door opener grinding? If so, I’m eager to welcome my husband home.
Although I’m not a great whistler, occasionally, a song rises inside me, and I feel the need to put my lips together and blow. I’ve always admired those who’ve mastered the art of the piercing whistle that summons everyone’s attention.
Sounds that direct, forewarn, and remind us of incomplete tasks surround us. Just as a flock of sheep responds to the piercing whistle of their shepherd, we must give our attention to the whistle that comes from the LORD.
God’s whistle signals He has redeemed those who hear it. Does He put His lips together and blow? No. Instead, we open His Word, and the Holy Spirit blows a quiet whistle as we read it, allowing us to respond to God’s call to follow Him and bring along others.
How can you put your lips together and signal others to follow Christ?
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