I am sitting at my desk thinking, “How am I going to write something that can inspire?” I hear God say, “Just begin writing; I will give you the words. Let it flow. It’s not you, it’s me.”
Wow…that brings me to my topic, listening to God’s voice. There are certain topics that you can go to the Bible and get clear answers on. There are others for which the answers are not so definitive. Do I go out with this boy who asked me out? Do I say yes to a mission trip? How are we supposed to know what the will of God is? And most importantly, how do we know if what we hear is God speaking to us or just our own thoughts and ambitions?
This is something I struggled with early in my walk with God, and to be honest I still do. My natural tendency is to go in 1,000 different directions and not get anything finished. I have a hard time quieting myself in order to listen to what people say is the still small voice of God. I didn’t want to struggle with hearing God anymore, so one day as I was in my car driving I asked Him if He would speak louder to me. That day changed my life. Every day since then I pray for a billboard. Literally. My prayer is, “God give me a billboard, make it so clear to me that there is no doubt this message is from you.”
So how does this apply here? How did I end up writing this? Well, I logged into Facebook one day and saw that Karen had posted that she was looking for people who loved writing and would be interested in working on a project. I thought nothing of it, really. You see, I don’t love writing and I tend to be a private person. There was no way I was going to sign up for a project that involved sharing my heart in such a way!
Blame it on Facebook glitches, but the only thing I saw for two days straight was Karen’s post, and the voice kept getting louder…”send an e-mail.” It was so loud one day that I finally said to God, “Fine. I’ll do it. She is probably going to say no anyway.” So I sent the e-mail and hoped she wouldn’t choose me. A few days later, I got an e-mail from Karen saying, “I have had A TON of response but I feel like as I am reading people’s posts God just gives me a nudging yes or no… With yours it was more like a push… I wasn’t even halfway through when I clearly heard Him say to ask you to be a part of it.”
Ugh…there it was, the billboard.
I have learned when something is as clear as that to listen. I resigned myself to God’s will for my life and said, “Ok, God…I will take this leap of faith.”
Although I wasn’t thrilled about openly sharing my heart, I have had nothing but joy for the past few days. I am incredibly excited for the future. My prayer is that somehow, when I am open and honest about my walk with God, well, hopefully, that will lead you to be closer to Him as well.
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me – John 10:27
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