LISTENING FOR GOD

Imagine you’re at a party in which you barely know anyone there and you can’t leave. That is my worst nightmare. I tend to panic before large events where there will be people I don’t frequently talk to. I used to think that it was just because I was super socially awkward and that it was something I would grow out of when I was older. And then, six months ago, I went to set up a meeting with someone in my company. I froze. I couldn’t do it. Every part of me was screaming and trying to find a way out of it. I literally had to go to the bathroom to talk myself out of this weird panic. That’s when I realized that the enemy had been using social anxiety as a way to distract me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt God tell me to turn around… to retrace my steps… to go and reach out to someone… and I didn’t. I’ve missed so many opportunities to allow God to use me because I’ve been too afraid. God budges into our lives in unexpected ways to reach out to those around us. It’s about time that I start listening to His interruptions.

Just a couple months ago, Jon and I were able to serve some young men we met by buying them dinner. As we walked away from them, I felt God telling me to run back. I stopped dead in my tracks. I was so torn between running to them and sharing God’s love or just heading back to the car. At a loss for words and struck with fear, I decided to ignore God. I know I can’t be the only one who walked away from an opportunity to share Jesus out of fear. Christine Caine said that “sometimes we miss God interruptions. Insecurities, awkwardness, and schedules can keep us from responding to interruptions God has prepared.” So maybe you are confident and bold and not afraid of confrontation… but maybe you have a hard time seeing past your busy bee schedule. Whatever it is, we have all missed a Godly interruption because we were too focused on worldly matters.

I came across an amazing Bible verse the other day that actually inspired me to write this post. Hebrews 13:1-2 says, “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Strangers being angels… crazy concept, right? Growing up we are taught “stranger danger” and while that is completely valid, there is something special in a smile given by someone you don’t know on a bad day. Yes- God can move mountains in something as simple as a smile. Maybe that person God pulled on your heart to smile at was nervous about a doctor’s appointment and you were able to give them peace of mind… We never know what God is using us for, but it never hurts to stop and ask, “Lord, what do you want me to do in this moment?”

Allow God to interrupt your life despite your own discomfort or fear. By reading His Word and spending time in prayer, God’s voice becomes more clear in your busy mind. We are on Earth to serve God and the people He so dearly loves. An encouraging word or patience are sometimes all someone needs from you to take that extra step. Don’t just listen to God, listen for Him. In the silence and the chaos, He is waiting to intervene. x

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