As the deer … so my soul.

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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

I’m learning an important lesson from the deer that frequent my yard, a lesson I seem to be re-learning a lot lately.

“Wait and listen.”

The young bucks in this picture show exactly how it works: stop what you’re doing and tune in your senses.

I’m not very deer-like. Too often I fail to listen before I leap.

However, when I do listen, the most important things I hear are not auditory. They’re an impression. A whisper in my heart.

Pastor, author, and photographer Dr. Charles Stanley once said when asked if he’d ever heard God’s audible voice: “He speaks so loud quietly, that I don’t need any audible voice.”

I think Dr. Stanley is right.

Last week I received this wait-and-listen message at least three times in my everyday activities, and these impressions were underscored with scripture I’d learned long ago:

For the Lord is a faithful God.

Blessed are those who wait for his help …

Your own ears will hear him.

Right behind you a voice will say,

‘This is the way you should go”

(Isaiah 30:18, 21).

I want to be more deer-like.

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God (Psalm 42:1 NLT).


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