Different Ways God Speaks: Part I
Saturday, October 24, 2015
I wanted to share a few of the ways that someone like me, who is "hard of hearing," hears God. Because I know that I am not alone. And maybe someone like me, who loves God, who wants to hear from God, but who believes they can't, will read this and begin to notice that God speaks to them too. Because He does.
"[A]nd the sheep follow him: for they know his voice." John 10:4. I have repeated this verse innumerably for many many years. I have toiled over not being able to hear God's voice. I have reminded Him of His Word. I have felt lost and left out. But sometimes, when I talk--literally venting to God or to a friend--or when I write, I remember other things...
PART I: God speaks through everyday experiences.
Have any of you parents ever been in the middle of chastising your children, and you hear your own words as you simultaneously consider, "is this what God is trying to get me to see about myself? Is this what God is saying to me???" The times I have found myself in this situation are countless. As I am asking my youngest daughter, "doesn't Mommy always make sure you have what you need? Have I ever not taken care of you? Then why are you panicking? What makes you think I won't do what I need to do for you this time?" I think, "God is/has probably/been asking me the same questions!"
Or what about this one, "I don't say 'no' to be mean but to protect you."
Or, "I'm not making you do this because I don't care about you, but because I do. You can't see it now but you need this. You're going to look back one day and appreciate the fact that you had to do this because it will make other parts of your life so much easier."
I could do this all day, but you get my drift, right? We are His children. He loves us more than we are even capable of loving our children. "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" Matthew 7:11. He loves us. He wants the best for us. Even when our circumstances are less than ideal, it's not because He's not there. And He finds ways to tell us!