It was so wonderful tonight to hear Kimberly’s voice. For four days, she has communicated to me through looks, writing, lip reading, and charades. After just four days with the big trach in, she was downsized tonight, and I got to hear her sweet voice again. It was such a huge blessing for both of us. The clarity of her voice allowed us to communicate more freely and intimately than we had in the past few days. It was truly great. I choked up with tears when I first heard her speak tonight . . . it was as though I had just gotten her back. Even though we had spent much of the past four days side-by-side, it was just different to hear her speak.
As I have been thinking about what a blessing it was to hear her this afternoon, I was mindful of the day when we will experience a similar metamorphosis in our relationship with the Lord. Right now, we live in a time when our communication with God is direct (i.e. not through another medium), but limited in some respects to the written word, feelings, and looks. When Jesus Christ returns to the earth, however, we will not just read about Him, or feel the breeze of His Spirit’s breath . . . no, when Christ returns, we will hear His voice with our own ears.
This reality should encourage us greatly. It should encourage us to know that God can be known, and that we will hear directly from Him one day. It also should encourage us to live a life of trust and obedience today . . . because when we hear Him speak, we will want His words to say, “well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
I am quite sure that I will again have tears of joy on the future Day of the Lord . . . though I get to walk with Him today, it will be awesome to hear Him speak.