The other day I was thinking about my life and how amazing it has been. I’ve experienced amazing miracles and things I call supernatural but I’m pretty sure God calls natural (in Him).
I also thought about how many people say they’ve never heard from Him, had direction from Him, or have never heard “His voice” (that knowing inside). That is sad because they are missing out on so much. God WANTS to guide us and lead us. He wants conversation with us!
Today I am going to give you an example of one of the ways I heard God speak to me.
Over 23 years ago, I met Leland at work. We worked at the local nuclear plant and while I was a permanent employee, he was a contract one – someone who came and went. I had updated his resume up for him during one of his “there” times but that was the extent of my knowledge of him.
I’ll tell about our meeting another time, but it was another one of those supernatural things. This story is after we met and had gone out a couple of times, talked on the phone numerous times (hours, anyone?), and both knew God was up to something.
After a few weeks (about 5), one evening as I was leaving the plant, I “heard” God say, “Go buy a card that says, ‘I love you.’” I don’t mean I heard an audible voice, but inside that “thought” came to my mind. I knew it wasn’t me and not just because I already knew there was no way I’d ever tell a guy I loved him first.
No, I knew it was God because I’d gotten to know Him and His “voice” through years of hearing Him. I remember I replied, “Umm, but God, I am not going to tell him I love him first.”
His only reply was, “Go buy the card. I will tell you when to give it to him.”
So, I went out of my way to go to Halmark to find a perfect card to tell a guy I loved him. I figured it would be a long time before I gave it to him.
That evening, Leland was to come over to visit me, to spend time with me, and help us get to know one another better. I was sitting in a chair in the living room, reading. He walked into the house after knocking, came straight into the living room, got down on his knees before me in the chair, opened his mouth and said, “Will you marry me?”
I can’t describe to you the shock that came over his face after he said that. It was even more shocked when I replied, “Yes.”
He said, “Really? You will?” His voice was full of disbelief. (He told me later he had no idea that proposal was going to come out of his mouth!)
I heard inside me, “Now” – so I said to Leland, “Hold on a minute, I have something to show you.” He was confused. Here he put his heart on the line and was freaking out, and I leave the room??
I went to get the card, brought it back into the living room and told him the story behind it – that God had told me to pick it up THAT day.
When he saw the card, he was as amazed as I was that God had prepared us both for that moment. Leland needed the confirmation that I really did want to marry him and loved him. I needed the confirmation that God was in this and my obedience had helped that moment.
Seven weeks to the day we met again in my office (that other story I’ll tell later), we met in church and set up our lives to march forth – on March 4th – to start a new faith adventure in God.
God knew Leland needed that card. He was having a terrible time believing I wanted to marry him, mostly because we hadn’t known each other that long and partly because he thought I was “all that” and he wasn’t. He knows better now.
Sure, had I not obeyed, I’m sure God could have found another way to give Leland the confidence he needed that he was on the right pathway – but how much easier it was to know God loved him so much, He prompted me to go get a card to tell this amazing man that I loved him. And really did want to marry him. And thought he was “all that,” too!
And he still is all that – and more.
Spend time with God – praying, worshiping Him, singing to Him, reading His Word (Bible), learning Who He is.
Develop that personal relationship with God. It is so worth it to learn to hear His “voice” inside and know He wants the best for you. It pays to know God loves you so much He wants to be involved in every area of your life.
Some time I’ll tell you how He taught me to be more sensitive to hearing and obeying His voice – and it saved my life!
You have His Word on it!