I woke up one night with the picture in my mind’s eye of a bat with big ears. Bats respond to vibrations much like we are to respond to the vibrations from the Holy Spirit. These spiritual messages are often in the realm of the unseen but we all have them. Those times when you “just feel like” you should wear a certain shirt, talk to a certain person, show up at a different time—these nudges happen to all of us, all the time. Sometimes we wish they were more like Las Vegas moments, with the bells and whistles to let us know “HEY YOU, THIS IS GOD!” Or like Jane’s sister said, “They should be accompanied by a movie theme song to let us know this is a big deal.” But most of the time the messages from the Lord are more like “a still small voice” Elijah experienced in 1 Kings 19: 11-15:
“And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
“And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
“And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold . . . the Lord said unto him . . . .”
I liked the way a friend, Adrienne, talked about being led by the Holy Spirit. She said: “God is ever present. Being mindful of this by actively listening for Him, is the key to walking by the Spirit. Even minor changes in schedule—if we show a little humility—it keeps our connection with God strong. We may never see the results of our obedience: like the car accident that doesn’t happen because of our obedience to be elsewhere. We may wonder how to tell if we are on the right track. The only way is to play it through and see what we get. Rejoice in the victories and when it doesn’t go as well, ask God how to do better.”
I think of soldiers, firefighters, undercover agents, 911 operators: they are trained to listen to their hunches and respond quickly. People’s lives depend on it.
God gives us Holy hunches. He can’t force us to listen or to obey. But we can train ourselves much like the public servants listed above.
When you think you may be getting an idea from God, respond quickly. Keep doing it, even if it seems goofy, or trivial. You’ll learn from the simple things at first, and then God will give you more. But I’ve seen that He doesn’t quit on the small things, either, just to let us keep knowing that He cares about EVERYTHING WE DO!
In Luke 11:11 Jesus says if a child asks his father for bread, the father won’t give him a stone. When we’re asking for a more spiritual walk, He’s not going to give us a stones to trip over, but rather bread to nourish us and make us stronger disciples.
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