God is our Father and His Word says He is with us all the time, (Hebrews 13:5), and if someone hangs around you all the time, they’re going to talk to you. Don’t you think? Especially if they’re the smartest person ever and they have things you need to know. They’re going to want to help you and teach you things. But what if they talk and you don’t listen or are preoccupied with stuff around you and miss what they say? This happened to me recently and I’d like to tell you about it.
I had written an IP address, an Internet thing I needed to do something at work, on a yellow Post-it note and when I needed it, I couldn’t find it. I looked in my truck, in my office, in all my pockets but could’nt find it anywhere. I had made several trips back and forth to a building next to mine where I was setting up for a meeting and noticed a piece of trash on the parking lot. Something inside told me I should pick it up but in my haste to set up for the meeting I walked right over it twice. “Ah, let someone else get it, I’m in too much of a hurry now.”, I thought.
However the third time I made that walk back to my office, the Holy Spirit spoke strongly to me to be a responsible servant and pick up that yellow, visible piece of paper in order to “clean up” the parking lot. As I bent to pick it up, it hit me…the note I couldn’t find was yellow and square, post-it size just like this piece of trash. I picked it up, turned it over, and saw that it was the note I’d lost. The Holy Spirit had told me twice to pick up that trash because He knew what it was but I was “too busy, in too much of a hurry”.
How many time does the Lord whisper things to us we need to know or tells us, “Don’t go there!”, or some other conversational thing that we just ignore, half listen to, or don’t even hear? How much are we missing every day because of this? Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” (John 10:27). He also said in Revelation 3:20 that He is standing at the door knocking and, “..if anyone hears My voice“, He will come in to them and eat with them. IF.
Think about this today. Have a conversation with Jesus like you would with another person. Ask Him questions and wait for an answer. When you get a “feeling” on the inside that you should do something, say “Thank you Lord, I will.” Or, if you get a red flag feeling to NOT do something, heed it. Be blessed!