There are times when I strain to hear God. I see or hear something that is so upsetting or tragic that every inch of my body is on full alert for some signal, some sign, some voice that tells me why? Over the years, I have learned that my straining is not the way to listen.

Often, if the way is dark and I find no help or answers, it is better to cease straining, and let my thoughts come what may – to let go and let the power have me. There is a divine tendency in events, a divine tendency in our lives which we may fall back upon, which will guide us better than we know. If we quit straining, relax, and listen, laying aside all intensity of thought, the divine will answer.

When we are the most lost and we are the most anxious, it is time to retreat to the quiet and open ourselves up. It is often then in this period of receptivity that we make our greatest growth.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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