I ordered this book several months ago, when I was facing a possible HUGE decision.
I had applied for a job, that, if I was offered & accepted, would have meant a significant move. I felt torn right down the middle with this decision; seeing both sides equally and fearing I wouldn’t be able to make the choice that aligned with God’s Will for me.
After weeks of prayer, and being no closer to feeling confident that I could make this decision, I finally asked Him to make this very simple: if moving was part of His plan for me, have a job offer come my way. If not, please let this opportunity pass me by.
When that phone call finally came, I wasn’t offered the job. Relief flooded over me. In fact, I was so relieved, I was near tears. It’s not that I didn’t desire the job; but this was absolutely what was to happen. Could I have made that decision on my own? I will never know as I didn’t have to. What a blessing to have a God who, in my indecisive desperation, answered my prayer, stepped in and took all decision off the table.
As much as I desire to live according to God’s Will for me, I really struggle to know which parts of that “gut feeling” belong to me in my flesh, and which are directions from the Holy Spirit.
I don’t know why it took me so long to finally crack this book open and begin reading (I didn’t start it immediately, God had to step in in a large way during the decision that prompted me to order the book to begin with…), but I’m glad to have finally done so.
Chapter 1 discusses the importance of being still and making time to LISTEN. Often times we fill our time with the Lord carrying on about this and that. And, while he certainly welcomes any and all we want to take to him, if we never give HIM a chance to speak, how will we ever hear what he has to say?
There are many questions I’m waiting on answers to – for quite some time now. Have I not been making the time to LISTEN? Maybe that’s the ticket!! So, I’ve done just that. I’ve re-arranged my bible study time, shortened my prayers, and made time to listen. Mercy! Running, random, unimportant thoughts!! This wasn’t going to be as easy as I’d expected, plus I wasn’t even sure what I was listening FOR – in what form would I hear Him? Would something just pop into my head? Would I need to open my bible to see where He was pointing me? Would it just be a certain “gut feeling”?
Clearly this is going to take a LOT of practice…but as Scripture says…
Psalm 46:10 – Be still and know that I am God
Psalm 37:7 – Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.
Before I sign off, an invitation: buy this book. Let’s work through it together. A chapter a week. Nothing about this sort of journey is easy, which is why God encourages us to be involved with others, to fellowship. There will always be a place at this metaphoric table for you.