It is still early in the New Year and I am already thankful for Messengers. Today I sat with a friend, catching up to discuss the options in our lives. I realized as we wandered through our stories with each other, that his voice has consistently been more than his own. Within intent or agenda, God is using him to remind me of life’s best. It is good to have his voice along with others. As I catch God’s whispers, I see the reality of an old thanksgiving; “you, God, shield me on all sides; you ground my feet, you lift my head high;” (Psalm 3.3)
I look at the voices I recognize as well as those I do not, I find myself reaching for mantras that help me understand them for what they are.
God is actively engaged – in your life as well as my own. In my experience, I find there is as least one God whisper in my life each day. At times, I only recognize that God was speaking until well after the fact. I also know that there is a correlation between being alert and hearing. If I want to hear, the whispers will be waiting for me.
Not every voice that touches are our hearts is from God. One must exercise care. This includes measuring the source, understanding its power and intent, giving it the respect that it deserves. The God I know never forces Divine will on me; freedom is far too important. God’s foundation is love. Without it, nothing matters.
When we recognize God’s voice, it is helpful to acknowledge it with a complement to the messenger. I have found that many are vehicles without knowing God’s intent, so the compliment is directed to them alone. I sense that God knows the fullness of our remarks. The key is our acknowledgement and appreciation regardless of the form it takes.
A warning from experience: the fact that God is talking and we are listening is not a leading indicator for smooth sailing ahead. In any circumstance, whispers are welcome.