CHECKED BY AN (EX)PLAYER
This morning, even without an alarm clock, my body naturally woke up around five. Not really my first choice for a Saturday morning, but I’ve been disciplining myself to get up earlier to workout and read my Bible so I guess my body has an automatic clock thing going on. Anyway, I get to the gym and instead of going straight to lift weights I stop and talk to this guy who is usually there, but I haven’t seen in awhile. After talking a few minutes, I tell him I have to hurry because I want to lift weights before the Zumba class and then I have to rush to Bible Study. Long story short, he ends up telling me he feels he’s called to be a preacher. Initially, I thought, “Oh, boy, here we go. As soon as I mention something about God or church a lot of dudes start trying to act "all holy" as if living a Christian life has to be an act if it’s who you really are.” He insisted that I let him share his testimony, so I kept listening as he proceeded to tell me that about four years ago he was diagnosed with a disease that left him completely paralyzed. Mind you, this guy is tall, handsome and is now active and in great shape! He shared how God spoke to him in the hospital room and told me who he was before that moment and who he is now. As he was speaking, I prayed a little prayer asking God to use me if there was something He wanted me to deposit into this guy. But as I continued to listen, I realized I was actually the one who God was trying to speak to. He started saying things about his many jobs versus his calling in life and other things…things I’d JUST been praying about! Had I been in such a rush that I didn’t stop to talk to this guy or I let some passed experience lead me to walk away as soon as this dude started talking about being a preacher, or had I let pride get in the way when I realized I was the one that needed to listen— I would’ve missed it! I would’ve missed God. Are you missing Him speak because you’re too busy to listen or your past is clouding your vision for the future? Or maybe you “know it all” and you’re too prideful to realize God can and will use whom He pleases to get through to you. I’m not sure why he’s been using these attractive guys lately for me… Like the one at Dunkin Donuts who just randomly dropped $5 by me saying, “Just in case you want to get something,” then just dipped… But yeah, I’ll take that, God! Lol Let’s check ourselves, y’all, so we don’t miss Him speak. Put Him first, forgive, be humble and yearn to hear His voice. We often hear the scripture,"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” But the next two versus are so vital to a healthy relationship with our Father. "Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with ALL your heart. I will be found by you...” Not half of our heart, but all of our heart. Confused about something and need clarity? Have a major decision to make? Seek Him with all of your heart and be open and ready to hear Him speak.
Encouraging you as I encourage myself.
Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11-14