Yesterday I was having one of those days. Have you ever had one of those? It was one of those days that was just sort of – off. I was struggling with deep emotions about broken relationships in my family of origin and I was starting to feel the old familiar feelings that have a way of making me feel very, very bad. It wasn’t just that I was feeling bad – but it was also a feeling that I am bad.
And then I took it to another level (like I do almost every time I am feeling bad) and wondered why I would ever have a blog because…well… I am so flawed. The voices of my mom and dad whispered in my ear reminding me that they never approved of my blog so I should really stop embarrassing myself. Yep – it was one of those days.
As the next 24 hours rolled out, some things started happening that may seem simple to you – but to me it was nothing short of astounding.
As I was wallowing around in my neediness, my good friend Mary “happened” to send me a link to an article which was exactly what I needed. It offered tremendous encouragement that spoke directly to the situation with my family and suddenly I wasn’t feeling so bad anymore. I cannot tell you how many times she has done that sort of thing and met my need without even knowing I had one. She is so connected to the Lord and I am convinced He nudges her my direction every single time I need it. Yesterday I needed it.
A few hours after that, my daughter- in- law told me that she had just learned that one of her friends reads my blog – Really? One of your friends? She does??? (Yeah…I know…I’m pathetic.) And a short time later my sister- in- law commented that she liked my Gatekeepers blog…ohh…you did??? I needed that too.
But the story doesn’t end there. Shortly after that I had a conversation with my son Dylan which – given the events that led up to this moment – nearly tipped me over because I knew that God was speaking directly to me. These were his words that caused me to sit up and take notice.
“I have learned that every time I take a little extra time with God, He provides the next thing I need. I know it can’t possibly be an accident because things start to happen that are too specific to my situation.”
Dylan’s words connected the dots for me and I was reminded that the day prior to my needy day I had spent quite a few hours studying the Bible, journaling, and praying. I didn’t find what I was looking for that day or hear a clear voice from heaven and I have to admit that I was feeling a bit frustrated. But the following day the Lord answered the prayers of my heart in very specific ways.
When we give our full attention to God, He blesses us with wisdom and revelation for our next steps. When we are having one of those days, it isn’t because God isn’t listening or speaking to us. It is more likely that we are distracted and haven’t slowed down enough to hear His voice.
When we stop moving long enough to rest in Him, it releases His power to move in our lives.
It doesn’t always happen right away and we don’t always get what we want, but the Lord always gives us exactly what we need . Things start to happen. He will speak directly to our situation through a sermon, a scripture, a devotional, or a friend. Life events can be altered on an afternoon spent with God. .
If you are like me, you have probably experienced times when you don’t feel like you are hearing God’s voice or experiencing His power. If you desire to go deeper with the Lord – carve out some time to connect with Him. I don’t mean to just read a quick little devotional to check it off on your “should do” list, I mean really spend some time going deeper.
The most effective time for me to meet with the Lord is first thing in the morning – when I am fresh and before I meet the challenges of the day. I hurry to wake up so that I can go slow with the Lord.
Think about it this way. Imagine you are co-authoring a book about your life with another person and every time you plan to meet with them they blow you off. You desperately need their wisdom, guidance, and expertise and it is impossible for you to move to the next step unless you are able to connect. It leaves you feeling frustrated and powerless.
It’s kind of like that with God. He is the author of our lives and we need to meet with Him in order to get His wisdom and guidance for the next steps. Instead of blowing Him off or meeting for a quick five minutes, we need to make time for Him in order to learn from Him. Without fresh revelation from the Lord we will feel frustrated and powerless in our faith.
Does your faith life seem dull? Are you hearing the voice of the Lord? Are you seeing Him move in your life? If you want to experience more of God just do this one thing –
Set your appointments with Him and keep them.