Okay, maybe some of the time. The point is, now that we KNOW that all we have to do is stop and KNOW God is there, we CAN.
Besides, that isn't the ONLY way we can hear God talking to us. As a couple of you pointed out, it's so amazing how another person who's close to God will say just exactly what you need to hear. It's like -- of COURSE that's God talking to you. How could it not be?
OBVIOUSLY that doesn't mean that everything that comes out of the mouth of somebody who goes to your church or is a pastor or who is just a wise person comes directly from God. Here's how you can tell that you ARE getting a God message:
* You've been struggling with something -- it's been worrying you or you can't get it out of your mind so you've prayed about it -- and somebody gives you an answer without you even asking. The person doesn't even know you've been thinking about it. God-thing.
* You're trying to make up your mind about something, like maybe how to tell your best friend she's driving you nuts or whether to tell your mom that your older sister is texting her boyfriend after lights-out. You haven't discussed it with anybody -- definitely not your PASTOR -- but he preaches a sermon on honesty that very SUNDAY and it's like he's been reading your journal. God-thing.
* You make a private decision but you're not sure how to carry it out and the next thing you know, a song comes on the radio that inspires you to go for it, or there's an episode about that very thing on your fave TV show, or you open a book you've read, like, five times and there's a line about doing the very thing you're waffling about. Where was THAT before? God-thing.
We really shouldn't be all that surprised when stuff like that happens. I mean, really, God IS a miracle-worker. God IS a supernatural being who isn't limited like we are in making things happen. And God DOES love us enough to want us to make the right choices. So why WOULDN'T God drop us hints and clues and outright instructions?
What do we have to do? We just have to put it out there to God and then listen for answers. We just have to expect that we'll get them. We just have to believe that God will use other voices to speak for him -- straight to us.
What next, then?
Go to your Talking to God Journal and write about whatever you're struggling with or thinking about a lot or trying to decide. Pour it all out. Give God the details. Draw or paste in pictures or doodle or whatever you want that gives you more time to think and pray about it.
Then, between now and Tuesday, March 31, pay attention. Listen for what wise, loving, good people are saying. Even your friends. Focus on the music you hear and the movies you watch and the books you read. Answers might not be there, but they might. The whispers can come from any voice.
If you do have a moment of "Of course! That's totally it!" go back to your Journal and write about it. Thank God for talking to you.
Because that's exactly what happened.
If you want to share what you're taking to God about, of course you can but don't feel like you have to reveal all your private stuff. If you do hear from God through other voices, though, will you tell us about it?
And just know this ... I hear wisdom from YOU all the time. Just sayin ...