Follow His Prompting

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Woman walking cross country and trail in autumn forestBy Bernadine McIntosh

I hadn’t heard from my friend for a while and out of the blue she came to my mind.  I thought about calling.  It should have been easy, pick up the phone and press seven numbers or, simply send an email.  But just as quickly as the thought came to my mind, I thought “Why doesn’t she call me?”

So, I didn’t call.  I didn’t email.  I simply continued what I was doing.  Then, not too many weeks later I got a call. The news the caller relayed was more than a little scary.  I didn’t call then either, I went to visit, traumatized by thoughts of what ifs and terrified by what still could be.

But God intervened and the story didn’t have a bad ending.  However, it did something to me It made me take a look at me, Bernadine.  So many times we hear Jesus’ still small voice prompting us to do something.  However we want to tell him about what someone else is or isn’t doing.  But God isn’t speaking to the other person.  When he speaks to us he expects obedience not excuses and deflections.

I was meditating on a few verses in Acts lately and two stood out to me.

Acts 8:26 -27 (NLT)  An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south. Take the road that goes down from Jerusalem to the country of Gaza. It goes through the desert.”Philip got up and went…

In verse 26 an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip.  He gave him simple instructions with no extra explanations as to a final destination, why he was going or even what to do when he got there. Philip didn’t hesitate.  The beginning of verse 27 states, Philip got up and went.

When Jesus prompts us to do something it’s always for a reason.

Maybe he wants us to be an encouragement to someone else.

Maybe he wants to test our obedience.

Maybe he wants us evaluate ourselves and see areas where we need to grow.

Sometimes we allow pride to make our walk with Jesus more difficult than it has to be.  Picking up the phone to call someone I know would always be happy to hear from me should not have been difficult.  But, I made it that way.  As I reflected on what happened I prayed and asked God to help me to become the woman who listens and obeys.

It wasn’t many days later.  I was doing my weekend chores when an old friend I hadn’t talked to in a long while came to my mind.  For a minute I found myself thinking, “Why can’t…?” Mid thought I stopped.  I picked up the phone.  I called… Because walking with Jesus, it’s about growth, change in focus, talking our eyes off others and examining ourselves.

Do we get it right all the time?  No but we keep pressing, we keep trying…

 

bmpicBernadine McIntosh is a child of God, born and raised in a small town in the Bahamas.  She’s a quietly opinionated bookworm who loves family, friends, coffee, laughter and Jesus, just not necessarily in that order. You can often find Bernadine curled up in her favorite chair reading a book or writing in one. She is a work in progress whose desire is to live a life that honors God and to tell others of His love for them.  Please connect with Bernadine at her blog: Trusting Him with Today.

8 Responses to Follow His Prompting

  1. Bernadine, I LOVE this post!

    Your last paragraph says it all: “It wasn’t many days later. I was doing my weekend chores when an old friend I hadn’t talked to in a long while came to my mind. For a minute I found myself thinking, “Why can’t…?” Mid thought I stopped. I picked up the phone. I called… Because walking with Jesus, it’s about growth, change in focus, talking our eyes off others and examining ourselves.”

    Love you!

  2. I’ve had moments like that too. It is so easy to have a rational excuse for not doing what we know we should do. However, the times when I obeyed always turned out to be what I like to call ‘divine appointments’. Now I try to remember that and don’t want to miss out.

    A beautiful and very transparent post; the kind I especially love to read.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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