I was talking with my daughter the other day. She is struggling with some issues at work. We have all experienced some level of discomfort in the workplace. She has been seeking the advice of loved ones. As we spoke she explain one of those people was her husband. As she pondered his advice a song came into her head. You know one of the earworm songs you just can’t get out of your head and no idea why it is there. She told me she realized that the “Man upstairs” may be trying to tell her something. This comment caused me to wonder just how many people hear God trying to talk to them but they never acknowledge it.
Good conversation is part of a healthy relationship. For me relationships are 50-50 You put in your half the other person puts in their piece. It is an active back and forth. For example, if you talk and I fail to listen it is not a healthy relationship. Both sides need to be active in the relationship for it to work.
I know God has tried many times over the years to communicate with me, Sometimes I listened, sometimes I did not. I recently was reminded of an event long ago. I was in a deep depression. Words can’t explain it. I was walking around this store. A black woman walks up to me and says. I don’t know what is troubling you but God loves you. To this day I still get choked up when I think about that moment. A woman approaching a man 30 years ago was not common. A black woman approaching a white man well enough said.
I admired that woman for her courage. It must have been hard for her to do what she did. She will never know the impact she had on me that day. But she had to listen to God that day and she had to have the courage to deliver it. I also had to listen and be open to being approached and to hear her words.
While I can’t say that I have heard God’s voice. I can say I have had thoughts that were counterintuitive to the way I think. The hard part is knowing when it’s me with my own stupid thoughts or whether it is God actually trying to get through my thick skull. But when I think about it typically my stupid thoughts are about my own selfish desires.
I can only pray that in the future we can be more open to ways God can talk to us and use us. Whether it is through thoughts, other people, or a song that sticks in your head, or something else. He is always trying to reach us whether we acknowledge it or not. How is your relationship with God? Are you listening?
Author - Guy Yasika
Looking to profess my faith to anyone that will listen.