It's only when we are emptied of ourselves that we can be filled with the Spirit of God. As long as we have the option of trusting in our own strength, most of us will. While we long for God to meet us in the dramatic and the miraculous, the majority of the Christian life is lived in the midst of the ordinary.
In our darkest times, the presence of Jesus reminds us that there is still hope. However, in order to hear Him, we often need to discern His voice in the midst of the noise and chaos of the world around us. While we long for God to appear in the grandiose and fantastic, He most often shows up in the quiet and still. We must make room if we're to hear Him.