Tuesday, August 16, 2016

How to Hear from God

Lovely friends Jean Wise, James Watkins, and Dee Stark
at the Taylor University Professional Writers Conference August 2016

When I returned from a writers conference, I bubbled with excitement as I told my friend, Loretta about my experience there. My words splashed out, filling the front seat of her car as we travelled to lunch and I shared with her my commitment to write for an hour a day. 
           
“I am thrilled for you,” Loretta said, “But I feel strongly that you’re to do something more than writing each day.”  A holy quiet embraced me. My heart picked up its beat. Because she chose each word carefully, I sensed the Holy Spirit was about to speak through Loretta. God usually tiptoes in when He has something significant to say. He rarely hollers and waves His arms. I shut up and listened.

“In order to write well, Jeanette, you need to spend time simply sitting still. Part of your ministry of communicating God’s love to people will be in those moments you are listening. You can’t hear from God unless you are quiet.”

Wow.


I knew the Lord was not chiding me for talking too much. He was simply telling me to listen more. I already know everything I know. If I want to take His message of hope to sagging hearts, I must be still with Him long enough to fill my own sagging heart.

I know it was God who spoke through Loretta. Yet, practicing what He preached has not been easy. I was born talking, working, and trying to motivate others. How can I change from a ‘human doing’ to a ‘human being’?

The same way I was born again. By His potent, loving grace.

Do you have a Loretta in your life, someone who speaks the wisdom of God into your thirsty soul? If so, give him or her a hug or a chocolate bar.