For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, when your fathers put me to the test and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. Psalm 95:7-9

Carolyn Hopkins is probably not a familiar name to you. In all likelihood, you would not recognize her face if you saw her. Millions of people, however, have heard her speak, and have listened carefully to what she says.

For over 20 years, Carolyn’s soothing and confident voice has announced news of arrivals, departures, unattended bags, and other information for 85% of major American airports, along with the rapid transit systems of New York City and Chicago.

Carolyn takes her job very seriously, saying” “I try to convey clarity and sincerity – I actually smile when I do it.” Carolyn also does occasional “gloom and doom” announcements, including tsunami warnings in Honolulu.

When Carolyn’s voice – or any other announcement – comes over a loudspeaker system, those who hear have a choice. We can ignore the announcement altogether, listen but disregard what we hear, or we can hear and heed.

In the same way, when God speaks to us, we have a choice we must make. Are we going to really pay attention to Him, or are we going to let the sound of His voice fade away as soon as we have heard?

Jesus said, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.(John 10:27).

Today, God wants to speak to you through His Word, through the Holy Spirit who lives within you, through your circumstances, and through godly people He has placed around you. The question is: Are you ready to listen and respond in faith and obedience to what He says?

Have a great day and keep moving forward!