The other night, I sat down to have what I assumed was going to be 20-30 minutes of prayer and reading in one of my devotionals.
Then, God showed up and decided to join me! What a novel concept.
I read one random page in my devotional book containing one particular scripture verse. Next, I felt prompted to check out the verse of the day in YouVersion. This was a different passage, but same theme. Huh?
I then decided I would pop my earbuds in and experience some worship music. You want to know something? The bridge of the song I chose relayed the exact same message as those two scripture passages! What the heck? You know God’s trying to get your attention when he puts the same thing in front of you 3 different times.
When God takes you down this sort of path, it goes without saying that it would be wise to pay attention more than usual. I would suggest, however, 3 things to avoid when he starts speaking this clearly.
- Avoid DISTRACTIONS – Remain in that moment as long as possible. But sometimes God catches us just as we are on our way out the door to work or an important engagement. In these times, it is critical that we come back to this moment and word with God as early as possible to allow him to continue speaking.
- Avoid HURRY – Don’t jump to conclusions trying to quickly decipher what is being said. The things of God are often quite large and can take time for us to truly gain a grasp on the specifics of what he is either telling us or asking of us. Be patient. Meditate calmly on his voice.
- Avoid PRIVACY – Shortly after you’ve had a bit of time to process what you are experiencing with God, go ahead and share it with 1-3 people. These should be individuals who you know love Jesus and who honestly care about you and your future. Ask them for their thoughts on what God might be saying. Then, look for a common theme.
What have your experiences been when God starts communicating in such a bold way that your mind and heart are simply taken captive? I’d love for you to leave a comment below.