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Your Whispering Spot

In 1956 environmentalist Sigurd Olson built a small cabin on the banks of a lake in northern Minnesota. The naming of lake homes is customary in the land of ten thousand lakes. Most names are rather predictable, but Olson was a little more intentional. His objective in building the cabin was to "hear all that was worth listening for." So he named it Listening Point.

Susanna Wesley raised seventeen children in a very small home, so solitude was hard to come by. Her whispering spot was a rocking chair in the middle of the room. When she threw a blanket over herself, it turned into her tent of meeting. Perhaps that's what inspired her son John to kneel next to his bed.

Thomas Edison had a "thinking chair.” Alexander Graham Bell had a "dreaming place" overlooking the Grand River. Henry David Thoreau skipped stones on Walden Pond.

Then there was Ludwig van Beethoven. He sat at his desk until early afternoon and then took a stroll to reinvigorate his mind. He carried a pencil and a few sheets of music paper in his pocket to record chance musical thoughts.

Your whispering spot will be as unique as you are, but you need to find a time, find a place.


Mark Batterson, Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God, (Multnomah, 2017), Pages 46-47

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