And after the earthquake a fire; but the was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:11
By: Carol McClain @carol_mcclain
|Do you hear God's small, still voice?|
As most of you know, I'm an author. And anyone who has spent enough time with me has discovered I threaten to quit writing at least twice a year.
Okay. Twice a day.
Yet, God won't let me.
I know. This statement sounds cliche, but it's a fact, and here's one example.
My most recent book deals with a paramedic who needs to drop his Pharisaic attitude. The amount I know about medicine wouldn't enable me to pass a high school biology final.
On top of that, the critique group I belonged to was falling apart. Along came Randy--a former paramedic.
We worked together throughout this book. Once I finished The Poison We Drink (and my sister who is my beta reader claims it's the best one I've written), Randy stepped away from writing. We do entertain angels unawares--could Randy...?
More than likely, not.
But it seems God works this way. He brings others into our lives to confirm what he's already been saying to us.
As we pursue God's purposes in our lives, how do we hear from God?
Four Ways We Hear God's Voice
- God's word--This is the most obvious. In scripture, we read His desires. We learn God's precepts. Then, in the stillness of our dreams, like the young prophet Samuel, we hear him speak.
- Desire--I've always been a dreamer, and have always dabbled in writing. Every time I "quit," within twenty-four hours, I'm back at the keyboard. It's not work. It's play.
- Circumstances--Like my relationship with Randy, odd bits of serendipity happen. We "just happen" to meet people who know someone who leads us where we need to be.
- Confirmation--We walk in the direction we believe God's leading us, and someone comes along with encouragement. During one of my recent periods of doubt, an acquaintance who never texts me did so. She said about Poison, "...Could identify on so many levels. Love how u bring emotion out of me..." Her few unexpected lines of praise renewed my spirit.
Live your dream--if it's wholesome, it's probably from God. Listen to his small, still voice and your footsteps will be established.