Kirk Murray

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It’s a good thing I write things down! I was asked to share a story that demonstrates how amazing God is, so I pulled out my prayer journal and began reading. I sometimes forget all the times that God has revealed himself to me. One of my favorite journal entries was from Valentine’s Day in 2017. Here is the Reader’s Digest version.

I arrived in my office well before sun up today. I sat at my desk praying that I could know and feel God’s love for me. I needed to hear God’s voice, as the weight of my circumstances was bearing down on me. I was filled with anxiety and fear. There were many things that needed to be done, none of them easy.

As I began to pray I was distracted by an overzealous song bird, sitting just outside my window in a Pine Tree. It was so black outside that I could not see the bird well enough to give him the evil eye. I had to put my fingers in my ears just so I could hear myself think and pray. Every note just seemed to get louder and higher as I continued to pray. Finally, I managed an Amen and then opened my devotional, “My Utmost for His Highest.” The devotional verse for that day was Matthew 10:27 - “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs”. Then the devotional began with the illustration of a song bird singing in the darkness! The message in the devotional was teaching that we are to wait in our darkness and listen for God’s voice. We are not to focus on our circumstances or seek a solution with our own understanding, but simply listen. Then, when God speaks in your darkness, you should proclaim it in the light with someone else who is searching for God’s voice.

I will never forget this little moment that God gave me. He used that annoying bird to remind me that he fully knows me and loves me. He knows my circumstances and is drawing me into a deeper relationship with him. 
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