I wrote two days ago about that “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11-13) of God speaking to me.  Isaiah 30:21 describes the experience of God speaking to us another way:  “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.”  I imagine that there are a myriad of ways that God can speak to us, and because we are all infinitely unique, each of our experiences with God may be markedly and profoundly different.  For me, God’s voice comes in an idea, a thought, or words that just pop into my head out of the blue, and when it happens, the words are just too perfect, too transcendent with incredible wisdom of things that I simply did not know before.  Moreover, God makes it clear each time that He is speaking to me because the words or ideas will perfectly coincide with the very next encounter I might have with another person.  I have had moments when an entire conversation went through my head about a spiritual topic. Then, immediately after I had finished that train of thought, a person came in the room who initiated a conversation on precisely the subject I had just been thinking about, and I ended up saying almost verbatim the very words that had passed through my thoughts mere minutes before that person walked in.

This extraordinary, supernatural timing of events and interactions is one of God’s signals that it is Him at work or Him talking to us.  But I have learned to recognize His work and His words.  I have learned how to listen intently for that “still small voice” and have gotten into the habit of yielding immediately and humbly to His wisdom while letting His matchless love guide the situation.  The result has been some extraordinary, amazing experiences.  I’ll relate just one more amazing “God appointment" which I had last week as an illustration, although there were several such incredible experiences during the week.  In this instance, I had gone into a restroom at the hospital on Fort Knox.  I was at the hospital to notify my doctor that some of my prescriptions were running out and had not been renewed as I thought she said she had done in my last visit with her.  Anyway, as I went into this restroom, there was a wallet laying on one of the sinks, and no one was in the room.  After I finished and was washing my hands, the wallet was still laying there, and I knew that I had to do something because the person who had left that wallet there probably didn’t know that he had absent-mindedly laid it down and left it. 

So, I picked up the wallet and opened it up briefly to verify that it was someone’s personal wallet.  On the inside, I saw a military id card.  I did not look further into the wallet because I felt that nothing else in that wallet was any of my business.  I was just there to help someone by securing the wallet, making sure that another possibly unscrupulous soul wouldn’t come along and take the wallet.  I intended to find out where the lost and found office was for the hospital, but as soon as I stepped toward the door of the restroom, the door started to open.  And something told me (that still small voice) that the person coming in the door was the owner of the wallet, so I held it up and out in front of me so that he would immediately see it upon opening the door.  Sure enough, it was the owner of the wallet who immediately recognized the object I was holding up in my hand and reached out for it, thanking me several times for securing it.  I told him what my intent was to do with the wallet had he not come back at that very moment. 

So, my presence was really not needed as the man could have come in and found his wallet without me there.  But I knew that God wanted me involved to give this stranger the message that there are completely honest people in the world and that someone cared about him even if they did not know him.  Many times, our Christian service is nothing more than these simple acts of love, even if we do not get the opportunity to witness to them, but these small acts are supremely important in God’s eyes because they show that we love others the way that our Father in Heaven, our Savior Jesus, and the Holy Spirit love them.   Often, we are the face, the arms, the legs, the ears, of our Savior, here in the flesh, expressing His love for these many people we encounter, as if Jesus Himself were here doing the act of service. 


I pray that your ears, mind, and heart will be attuned to God's still small voice and that He would guide you into loving service so that others may see Jesus in you.

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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