The "whispering gallery" is located on the Grand Central Terminal dining concourse. Here, the acoustics of the low ceramic arches can cause a whisper to sound like a shout. Sound impossible? To test it out, you and a friend stand in opposite corners of the large arched entryway. You face the corner and whisper. Your friend will be able to hear your voice as if you were right next to them, not whispering into a far-away corner in a very busy and noisy train station in New York
Discernment, or the ability to hear what God is saying to you about your life and future, is not always an easy task. There is a lot of noise in our lives. Not just physical noise but the noise of activity, stress, relationships, busyness, deadlines and expectations. These shut out our capacity to hear what is going on within, the place where the still smal voice speaks.
Just like in the "whispering gallery", we have to turn away from our crowded lives and listen for the voice of our friend across the way in the privacy of our own hearts. It is a voice no one else hears but you, and it wants to be heard. Whether we hear it or not is up to us and our capacity to step away from the centre to the edge of our lives and listen, a skill we may have yet to cultivate.
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