And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? (1 Kings 19:11-13)
Often in our conversations we focus on having the right answer, on being interesting and correct. What if we focused on listening and being interested the way Elijah was with the Lord? What if we tried to find Christ in each person we met by being attentive instead of waiting for them to finish so we can respond?
When we quiet ourselves, we are able to hear what is going on around us. When we embrace silence, it is then we are able to hear others and Christ in them. Every person was made in the image of God, and it is their likeness to God which varies. If you focus, then you can begin to hear the still small voice inside of the person in front of you. If you are attentive, then you will learn how you can love the person in front of you the way Christ loves you.
We are all called to be attentive. It is this attention we give to others which makes them aware of our love. Being attentive is more about comforting someone, not making someone comfortable. The Great Comforter is with us, and wishes us to emulate Him by comforting those around us. We begin this comforting by listening for the still small voice.
Question: Are you focused on being interested or interesting?