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Listen up, would ya?

ImageWhy haven’t I figured it out by now? I mean, this has been happening for essentially the past 40 years. I should have a clue already, right?

And yet…I keep ignoring it.

God’s voice. Or, His urgings. Or His counsel. Whatever you’d like to call it. You would think by now I’d learn to recognize it.

Why is it I always second guess it when I feel it?

And it always happens the same way. Some people would probably call it a ‘gut feeling,’ but it’s more than that. A lot more. All of a sudden I get this overwhelming urge to do something or say something. Today, it was a simply ‘hi’ to a coworker who’s recently become a friend.

This is not someone I speak to often, and certainly not typically after work hours. Yet, today, as I was driving home, I felt I should reach out and simply say ‘Hey. Just felt like saying hi. ; )’

And then I second guessed myself. I thought, no, that’s silly. Why would I do that? The person may think I’m nuts and wonder why I’m sending the note. And there it was again. The nudge. The overwhelming feeling that I needed to send the message.

So I did. I sent a text. And you know what? It was needed. My friend had had a very bad day and was so thankful I’d taken the time to reach out and just say ‘hi.’ To say, hey, I was just thinking about you. To know someone cared.

It’s always the same. It’s always been this way. And yet, I still second guess the feeling when it comes over me.

Why? When will I learn? God knows best. God has a plan for our lives – even something as simple as saying ‘hi’ to a friend. God is in control.

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Image by: Valerie Everett

Do you ever wonder why bad things happen? Why we lose our jobs? Suffer the loss of parents, spouses, siblings, children? Face debilitating addictions, afflictions and disease?

Many in this world use these types of circumstances to argue against the existence of God. Others ask, how can God be a good and kind and just God when He allows His children to suffer such sorrow and despair? What good could possibly come of that? What’s the point?

Change. Change is the point.

One-year track reading: Genesis 32-35

Focused reading: Genesis 32:22-32

Drastic Measures

God wanted to make such a drastic change in Jacob’s life that he wrestled with him face-to-face. Face-to-face! And Jacob wrestled back.

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

~Genesis 32:24-26

Jacob’s willfulness wouldn’t allow him to give up — even though he was fighting God. So, God “broke” his leg, causing him to walk with a limp from then on. Rather than turn from God, resent Him for what He’d done and speak against Him, he turns toward God saying he will not stop wrestling with Him until He blesses him.

Would you have done the same thing?

Sometimes God breaks us to make us better. He may break our hearts so we will make room for him there. He may break our will so we can discover his will for us. He may break our physical strength so we discover that God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness.

~Women’s Devotional Bible, Zondervan

Change is hard.

This seems to be a recurring theme with me lately. I’ve talked about change a lot – both here at Common Grounds and over at Pen & Ink. Some change is easier than others.

Some change isn’t designed for us, though. Some change is made for those who are watching our reaction to whatever gets thrown our way. Someone may wonder how we can keep going after something tragic or horrible happens to us. This is how God can use us to manifest change in others.

Something to consider the next time you’re thrown a curve ball.

Today’s Reflection

  1. Describe the times you have wandered from God and how you sensed him relentlessly seeking you.
  2. How has God broken you physically, emotionally or spiritually? What was the result?
  3. God is a good shepherd; thank him for his care even if you don’t understand his methods.

Related readings: Psalms 23; 51:15-17; James 1:2-5; 1 Peter 4:12-14

Next one-year track reading: Genesis 36-38

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