The Incredible Voice of God

“I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I picked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony.” 

          – Gustav Flaubert

Recently, I went to a class about hearing God. Through this class, I was able to learn about the nature and character of God, how we can experience God in different ways, and the revealing truth that God speaks to each and every one of us — equally and gracefully. The kicker is to actually lean in and listen.

After all this I feel like I have been spiritually set on fire; blazing with enlightenment and the gracious truth that God has been speaking to me my entire life.  I’ve been taking credit for the subtle whispers, the ones I knew I heard and blatantly ignored.  The exhilarating feeling of enchantment that I feel through a single sound of music, and the brilliant enthusiasm that I have over the simplest of things; a smile or something ordinary that I found way too funny. I believe, one time or another, I experienced the gentle remarks of the holy spirit.

  Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

With that being said, I feel it is quite simple to hear anything when you are consciously tuned-in. In my own experience, I believe He can be heard through thoughts, or physically through emotional response.  The ways God speaks to us remains true to the time before and the time today; God spoke directly to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Joseph, in his dreams, Noah, through nature, angels, the Bible, and miraculously, even a donkey (because humans are too main stream).

This learning experience has been divinely eye-opening.  The richest part is that, as life goes on I’ll become better at noticing the masterful words or feelings that provide such wisdom and the true well-springs of life.

How powerful, how pure, and how incredible it is to experience and hear God.

I’m all ears.

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9

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The Art of Being Out of Control

          One time, I did this cool thing called planning my life. Not all of it of course, but I had a fuzzy idea of what I wanted to make of myself.

          Technically, I was being responsible and making sure that I set all my ducks in a row by figuring out: a career, my likes, my loves, my dislikes, and also discovering myself while of course, having fun — because I’m young, free, and by 25 all will go downhill; including my metabolism, fountain of youth, and childlike wonder (I know there’s a few other drawbacks but, I’m assuming I’ll know when I get there).  The important thing is that I had a plan. 

In the midst of all of this, I re-established and  discovered my image and faith in Jesus Christ. I committed to consciously connect with my Lord and Savior, everyday and all the time.

          I was in control. I had a grip on how I felt things needed to be, when in reality God had been leading the show all along….my life show.

          This little life of mine that I drew up so strategically, is actually developing frayed edges and falling away so gracefully.  I feel like I’m being undone, replanted,  and fully tied up into something extraordinary that only God could have created. My life is shifting in a direction I never imagined for myself and it has subtly, freaked me out.

In a way I’m collapsing into pieces and I’m not even mad about it.

 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) 

          I can’t  grasp the direction that my life is going, and I’m willing to leave that with God.  My life right now is, extraordinary and unfimiliar. I’m changing and falling in love with every moment, every piece, and every person along the way too.

I’m out of control and God thankfully is in control. I’m falling apart and falling exquisitely into place. How lovely. I’m not even 25.

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13 (NLT)