"Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence" (Psalm 139:7)?

I never understood the old saying, "Parents have eyes in the back of their heads," until I became a parent myself. After several messy disasters and naughty pranks played by my children, I learned to be in tune with the symphony of sound during our homeschooling. Even if I was in the kitchen preparing supper, I knew what each child was doing in other parts of the house by the noise involved. In fact, the only time I really worried was when there was no sound at all. Total quiet usually meant one of two things. Either all my children were reading a book, or they were into trouble.

In a far greater way, our heavenly Father also monitors the noise coming from His children. When we lift up our praises and prayers, He knows all is well within the hearts of His people. However, when we grow quiet and fail to come before His presence, He knows we're headed down a path that leads to trouble. Neglecting to talk to the Lord, we foolishly try to manage our lives on our own and find ourselves in the middle of problems. Lovingly, the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, and God waits for us to cry out, so He can encourage us in our spiritual walk.

What about you? Have things been quiet at your house lately? If God hasn't heard your praise or prayers in a long time, right now is the best time to come before His throne. Take a moment to pray and praise the Lord for His loving care in your life. Even though He knows right where you are and what you need, He's waiting to hear from you today. "Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment" (Psalm 119:149).

Father, please hear my prayer and forgive me for wandering away from You. Fill me today with Your power and wisdom and lead me back to the place where my heart can commune with You. In the name of Jesus, Amen.