Thursday, January 19, 2017
How Do You Know?
How do you know when God is leading you towards something or away from something? How do you know it's not just your thoughts? How do you know it's not just someone else's thoughts? How do you know? There have been many times when God has led me to or away from something or someone, and I knew it without a doubt. I just did. But then there have been times....especially over the last couple of years....where I felt led, but I was not sure if it's God. Years ago, one of my lifelong friends told me that she knows it's God when it's something uncomfortable. I would have to agree with that as well. But what if you feel pretty certain that it's God leading, because it's something uncomfortable, situations have arisen that clearly show you that it's Him, and you also have a huge sense of peace about it; BUT....the other people involved do not feel led? Then what? This is the situation I have found myself in over the last few years. I use to pray that God would intervene on my behalf. In other words, I would ask Him to show them my ways. It was such a huge struggle in my head and heart when He wasn't doing that, and they weren't coming around to my way of thinking. In the last few months, I have started praying differently. And although I still feel the nudge and the struggle, I also feel peace when the answer is still WAIT! How did my prayers change? Instead of praying for God to change other people's minds and hearts, I asked Him to change mine. I also asked Him to make sure that I am still acutely aware of this calling that I have felt, and that I do not dismiss it; but instead understand that it is a time of waiting. I've asked God to allow all involved to feel this nudge if it was His will. Honestly at first, there was no change at all. But slowly I can see it, and slowly we are making our way towards it. It's still a time of waiting, but the signs that this calling is from God is becoming more and more evident to all of us involved. I know that He doesn't want me to embark on this journey alone, so I will continue to pray that we all feel it and are obedient...especially when it's hard and uncomfortable and while we wait. Thanks Be To God!