There are many things I might say to Dan when I call him during the day. I might open the phone conversation with, “You’ll never believe what just happened to me,” or, “I have a fabulous story for you…” or “This will make you fall out of your chair from laughter!” But there is one saying by which I never enter our conversation. I never say,“This is your wife, Kelly Strickland.”
In fact, if I said that, he would laugh at me and probably be confused as to why I had to tell him it was me calling in the first place. We have known each other for fifteen years, so why in the world would I have to tell him who is calling?
He knows my voice. In fact, he can tell which mood I’m in based on the tone of my, “Hello.” But this depth of perception didn’t happen overnight. The first few times he called me he had to identify himself. He couldn’t instantly predict my temperament by one word, or see my face and know whether I was upset or elated or anxious or thrilled.
This knowing each other took time. It took many hysterical conversations, painful struggles, and profound discussions. It took hours, upon days, upon years before we developed the relationship we have now. We are committed to knowing one another. We are committed to growing deeper in our relationship in order to love one another better each day.
That is what we meant when we said, “I do.” He knows my voice. I know his.
John 10 is one of my favorite pictures of our relationship with the Lord in all of scripture. Jesus is in the midst of patiently teaching His followers and refers to Himself as the Good Shepherd and His followers as His sheep. The words He uses in verses 3 and 4 astound me every time I read them.
“The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”
He goes on to say that the sheep will recognize when the voice is not His. Do not miss this. When we spend time with Him, we become familiar with the things He would say and equipped with the ability to distinguish that which He would not say (things born out of our flesh or of our great Enemy).
The way we follow Him and know His voice is to spend intentional time with Him. There is no other way around it. This might seem extremely hard in the middle of our hectic lives. But it is worth it. It is so very worth it.
We have such a privilege in knowing Christ. What an honor! So this week we will focus on practical, creative ways you can acknowledge Him in your everyday moments. Pray with me now that the Lord will reveal His heart to you as your walk with Him deepens.