Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

October 5, 2013

A positive minute: V is for voice

By Dr. Michael Layne
Daily News

---- — I Kings 19:12: “And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”

Have you ever lost your way and called out for assistance hoping someone would hear you? When I was a preschooler, I remember living in the country that had a long driveway and there was another drive that went to another house and then reconnected with our drive. There was a grade in the driveway so, when a little guy like me, was beyond the grade I could look back and not see the house.

Somehow, I ended up at the junction where the two drives separated and, being a little boy with a certain amount of attention deficit, I found myself needing to get back to the house but, I wasn’t sure which direction to take. I remember feeling a little scared about my situation.

Then I heard a familiar voice calling my name. It was my grandmother. I followed my instinct and walked toward the voice. It worked. I saw the house once I got to the top of the grade in the driveway. There was such a feeling of joy that I was no longer lost.

Sometimes we get lost in this crazy world by our own doing. We stray from safety and sometimes find ourselves in a strange and different place. At first we feel a bit uneasy until we become acclimated to our surroundings.

In our passage today, after the noise and rumbles there was a still small voice. One of the reasons we don’t hear from God is because He often speaks in a small still voice wanting us to pay attention and heed what he is saying to us without outside clutter.

We humans have evolved to the place in our society where we have a multitude of distractions. Whether it’s the TV, the radio, the internet or, just the busyness of the day, we seldom take or, make time for appropriate relaxation. Even God rested after the creation.

Speaking of voice, I have always wanted to do this so, I got on the elevator at the hospital the other day along with two nurses. After the door closed and we started moving, I said, “Excuse me. Do you hear what I hear?” I slanted my head a bit downward and to the side and I could see the nurses were also listening so, just before we stopped, I said, “Oh, it’s OK; I’ve just always wanted to do that to see the reaction.” Fortunately, the nurses laughed and did not escort me off for a mental evaluation.

Life needs to have some humor. We need to laugh as often as we can. We hear the voice of different ones and groups in this world and if we aren’t careful we will be overloaded with stress and depression. Laugh, it’s a great medicine and be careful as to what you are listening to.

Ask the Lord to help you always hear His voice and, then be still and present yourself in a quiet manner so as to hear what He has to say to you. Whose voice are you listening to?

The Most Rev. Michael Layne, PhD, ThD can be reached at 812-614-2160 or through He will also be guest pastor this Saturday and Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Napoleon.

Come Thirsty is the name of the study Dr. Layne will be leading on Wednesday evenings beginning Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Call or email for more information.