There’s a song by Good Little Giants called “Olly Olly Oxen Free.” Anyone know the phrase? until I heard the song, I hadn’t heard that phrase for when the seeker gets done counting in hide-and-seek. We always used to yell, “Apples, peaches, pumpkin pie; who’s not ready? Holler, “I!” Oh the days of hide and seek!
My husband and I were listening to the CD yesterday in the car (thanks Aunt Heather for the CD!), and apparently my husband’s never heard “Olly Olly Oxen Free” either because he was like, “What is this?”
But as we listened the song, it became evident that the singer is using “Olly Olly Oxen Free” almost as worship. It’s Jesus calling to us to come out of hiding and come seek Him.
When I started this Lent series (I know – Easter is totally here, but I’m still finishing up!) I focused on the word “hear.” L was for what Lydia heard, E was for what Elizabeth heard, N was for what Naomi heard, and T was for Till All Have Heard, the story of the Wycliffe Bible Translators. (Check out this video from Wycliffe about the past 75 years of their Bible translation ministry*. It’s narrated by the late Billy Graham and it gets me excited!)
What a journey and joy it’s been this Lent season of hearing from the Lord! The writing process for these blog posts is so encouraging and helpful to me. Writing and journaling about Scripture is one of the ways God gets to my heart. Thank you for reading, and I hope you are encouraged as well!
So what have you been hearing from God lately? How are you responding?
Lydia heard from God because God opened her heart. Lydia responded to what she heard with service and by getting baptized.
Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting and was simultaneously filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has so much to do with us hearing from God and understanding His word. Elizabeth responded to what she heard with praise to God.
Naomi heard that the Lord had provided for His people, and Naomi trusted He would provide for her too. She responded to what she heard by moving back to Bethlehem.
In these three true stories, we see that God and the Holy Spirit have a lot to do with making us able to hear. It’s our job to respond to what we hear from God either in serving, seeking, praising, or some other responsive faith action.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 NKJV
God wants all to hear His word.
“So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:7-8 NIV
“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.” Isaiah 55:2 NIV
“For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2 NKJV
Really, God’s just saying, “Olly Olly Oxen Free” till all have heard the Good News! “Come out, come out, wherever you are! Jesus loves you and desires to have a friendship with you!”
*Check out this video about ministering to peoples who live in oral cultures where everything is passed through spoken words instead of written words. Spoken is a ministry similar to Wycliffe, but it focuses on communicating Scripture orally. So cool!
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