God will talk to you if you ask and then pay attention.
About ten years into my walk with Christ, I was praying for God to lead me through a particularly difficult season. I mean, really praying! He came through for me by way of an excellent opportunity, and I flat out missed it. I didn’t hear it. I didn’t see it. Out of frustration and anger, I cried out to God saying, “Lord, you say you are not loud in your ways, but you’re in the whispers (1 Kings 19:12), but I still missed what you were trying to show me. I don’t think I know YOUR voice. I’m missing it, so, would you speak loudly to me? Could you use a holy megaphone or something? Then, once I’m familiar with your voice, you can go back to speaking to me any way you choose.”
Have you ever been frustrated enough to talk to God like He was your best friend?
Apparently, He was cool with it. The God who created all things, and set the earth in motion, honored my request. I began to see and hear things slightly differently. It was as if my thoughts were painted bright blue, and when God wanted me to know an idea was His, it would come through in vivid red. That’s the only way I know how to explain it, and this coming from a guy who is red/green colorblind – the irony of this example isn’t lost on me.
During this season, I not only learned that God’s thoughts are not my thoughts, and His ways are not my ways (Isaiah 55:8-9), but that His words are not my words. There were times when I would be in a conversation or praying for someone when words would come out of my mouth that spoke directly to the situation at hand that seemed to have been directly deposited into my word bank. Through the years, I’ve grown to understand that God was (and still is) allowing me to be a conduit of His words for others. All I needed to do was ask and then pay attention.
While working as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church I found God then prompting me to send some of these red letter moments to my small group and then later to the team of volunteers I lead each weekend. I have enjoyed and have been stretched by writing. It has been a key part of my personal and pastoral growth.
My wife Anna challenged me to start this blog so that these moments can find a home. I hope that you can find comfort and inspiration here. Knowing that The God of the universe wants to have a similar relationship with you.
What about you? Have you ever felt that God was communicating through you to speak to a certain situation or person?
In His Service and at yours, ~Shawn