How sensitive are we to the promptings of the Holy Spirit? When we say yes to Jesus, the Holy Spirit takes residence in us and leads and guides us through our days...if we are listening. How do we learn to listen? We spend time with God by reading His Word, and praying often. When we live with God daily, we get used to His ways, and the Holy Spirit’s promptings. It takes time to get to know them. But it is well worth it.
All this came to mind on a recent trip to Fresno. We had gone to stay with my mother-in-law in Fresno for my 40th High School reunion. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to attend. When telling my older brother about this event, he said, “Enjoy your senior citizen’s meeting.” That brought on a chuckle. But I was going because of a persistent push from within. There was a prompting in my spirit that I tried to ignore. But once I said yes, I was at peace. I didn’t know why I was going. I knew I would see some friends, and that would be nice. But my best friend from High School wouldn’t be there. She left this world for Heaven a few years ago. I recently heard a song about a guy missing his friend, and how he was jealous that his friend was enjoying Heaven ahead of him. I feel the same way. I know that Barbara is enjoying so much more than a senior citizen meeting. She’s enjoying a glorious meeting of the saints.
While at my mother-in-law’s house, she was working in the kitchen. She commented that there must be something going on outside—perhaps a yard sale? I hadn’t heard anything. But she knew the traffic on the corner where she lives sounded different. She has lived in the same house for over 50 years. She is familiar with the comings and goings. I decided to go out and see if there really was a yard sale nearby. At first, I didn’t notice anything. But down one of the streets, I saw just a couple of cars parked—nothing very significant. I walked in that direction, and sure enough there was a very small yard sale. I was amazed that my mother-in-law had even noticed the little bit of extra traffic. I thought about the sensitivity that she has because she knows the neighborhood so well. Her comment had been very matter of fact. But I took notice that she had taken notice. That is how we are to be with the Holy Spirit. We are to be so in tune with Him that the slightest change, the slightest prompting, should be noted and obeyed.
Searching And Noticing the Divine should not be our second nature, but our first. We should be as sensitive to our Lord’s prompting, as my mother-in-law is to the traffic in her neighborhood. I don’t really know all the reasons why I was prompted to be at my reunion. But I do know that while there, I was surprised that a gal I barely knew got up from her table to come and talk with me. We ended up in a conversation that included the great Hope we have in Heaven. Maybe the whole point of being there was for that one conversation. I don’t know. But God knows, and that is good enough for me.
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life
worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the
good things your faith prompts you to do.
2 Thessalonians 1:11 (NLT)