The Cormorant – Hearing God’s Still Small Voice

The Cormorant – Hearing God’s Still Small Voice
by Jean Mulquin

“Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing their nets into the lake. It was their regular work. Jesus said to them, ‘Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.’ They didn’t ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed. 

A short distance down the beach they came upon another pair of brothers, James and John, Zebedee’s sons. These two were sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, mending their fishnets. Jesus made the same offer to them, and they were just as quick to follow, abandoning boat and father. 

From there he went all over Galilee. He used synagogues for meeting places and taught people the truth of God. God’s kingdom was his theme—that beginning right now they were under God’s government, a good government! He also healed people of their diseases and of the bad effects of their bad lives. Word got around the entire Roman province of Syria. People brought anybody with an ailment, whether mental, emotional, or physical. Jesus healed them, one and all. More and more people came, the momentum gathering. Besides those from Galilee, crowds came from the ‘Ten Towns’ across the lake, others up from Jerusalem and Judea, still others from across the Jordan.” Matthew 4:18-25 (MSG) 

My mother and my mother-in-law lived in the same complex in Cottonwood, AZ for a while, and after having breakfast with my mom, we went for a walk around the lakes at the state park. There was a big brown bird, sitting on a rock in the lake, sunning itself. None of us had ever seen this bird before. He didn’t have a long neck like a crane and he had a bright yellow/orange beak.

The next morning, mom and I were having breakfast at her favorite cafe and I was thinking about that bird. I heard in my mind, “It’s a cormorant”, so I told mom what I had heard. She said, “Look it up on your phone, sis!”  We looked it up (I wasn’t even positive of the spelling) and sure enough it was the same bird!! My mom said, “God is amazing!”

We saw two cormorants in the same place, the next time we went up to visit our moms. We watched them for a long time. Later on, when my mom was living with us, right before she passed away, she said to me, “I’ve thought about those birds so often, I would always look for them every time I went for my walk, but the only time I saw them was when I was with you and John….isn’t that strange?”

I did some research on the cormorant and learned that fishermen in China have used them for centuries to catch fish. They tie a string around the bird’s neck, send it into the lake to fish and then take the fish from it since it can’t swallow. How like the enemy to steal our catch from us after he ties us all up with sin and trauma!

About three months after my mom’s death, while on our way to work, John and I saw three cormorants fishing in the ditch less than a mile from our home! It was a wonderful memory of those special times with mom.

Do you recognize God’s voice?

Have you ever done research on something you felt God was saying just to you?

If not, what do you think could be blocking you from hearing that “still small voice”?

Share with us your thoughts below, and how this message spoke to you about things you can do to unpack when God is talking to you.

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  • Dina

    I had had a dream when I. Was in relationship with my boyfriend. I wasn’t sure if its Gods will. In that dream angel came to mejest and said: come on to your life. And I saw a horse with curly hair on his mane and horse has fence around. And I asked angel: what does it mean? And he said : curly mane means your decision. You still go round and round and cannot have the right one.Few years later when I was wife of that boyfriend, some people was praying and one of them told me: I saw a horse with beautiful straight mane galoping over large meadow… freedom came with right decision:)

  • Suzanne

    Yes! One night In my bed a while ago, I was worshipping the Lord then asked Him what was wrong with my legs and to please heal me (a painful condition I had for months). I fell asleep and had a dream where an angel came to pray for me, and told me if I had not come into the Lord’s presence, the sickness I had would have been fatal! Then the angel took out my book of Destiny (which I didn’t know about) then, amongst other things, the angel said “you have a “Nicole calling”, I see it on your face! I didn’t know what that meant, when I woke up I googled “Nicole Calling” thinking it might have been the name of a singer or something….and a website popped up that said Nicole means “Victory for the people”. So the Lord was saying there’s a calling on my life to help people come into Victory!
    Months later, I looked up what my actual middle name (Colette) means, and it said “People of Victory”!!!!!!

  • suzanne

    also, the angel said “you are going to be fine”…..but I had pain for 3 days, I stood on the word of God, and after the 3rd day, never had that pain again! Praise GOD!

  • lndjnsjns

    Thank you for that blog. I don’t know if this has anything to do with the blog but this morning i was so fed up with having nothing special to do (retired 10 years and have run out of things to do and want to know my calling). I was asking God to give me something to do. I opened a book in the middle (i do this sometimes i always read something interesting). It was about this women who was helping as a telephone prayer counsellor. She wrote “After listening to their story for 3 minutes I would then say “OK what do you want to have happen now?” It would usually go silent. I felt like i suppose the caller felt – I wanted her to tell me! However at the same time a thought came into my head that i had always wanted to go see one of my favourite authors speak. She was at a retreat way down south for 4 days and it would be expensive. I thought “i will do it.” I booked that very hour, there was one single room left. I went to see about train tickets even tho’ its not until May. I had a wonderful constructive day instead of wasting it. I believe i would not have done this without that nudge from God. I’m hoping this will continue. God bless.

  • Ana

    While l was undergoing a work related trial, I began to take notice of USPS Delivery trucks. They we’re driving ahead of me, behind me, at the same stoplight, entering the same freeway driving side by side me. I asked God why I was seeing these trucks so frequently? What really blew my mind upon exiting a Taco Bell was the USPS vehicle parked next to my vehicle. I had to take a picture. I began to discern it was about deliverance. With each sighting there was a message. God was my defender, God was going before me; it’s just around the corner; you are not alone, I am beside you; I am behind you; then the last message was, today is the day. And it was…the day my supervisor was terminated for false allegations against me.

  • Sharon Ammons

    I had a dream that maybe a Tornado a great danger was approaching…. My dad and my sister were outside smiling almost with her hands raised…. My father is deceased, and my sister has some health issues… But I said to my mother let’s go inside and get into the basement for protection… I was carrying a green storage container along with me???? Then I woke up!!!! I still can see this dream Vividly weeks later.

  • Barbara Golden

    Good Morning, I Just read this and what came to mind is Fathet, Son & HolySpirit working together fishing for souls..