Perspectives

      The Many Voices of God

                                                               Some people don’t believe in God because they can’t see, touch, or hear Him. 

                                                               Well, I’m going to take hearing.  God speaks to each of us in diverse ways.  For                                                                   some he whispers in the morning breeze during meditation.  For others he shouts

                                                               during an afternoon thunderstorm.  Still, for some he speaks through an evening

                                                               jog.  However, for me, one day He took a more direct approach.

Before I received my M.A.Ed, something happened that made me want to give up completing my education.  However, I decided to go to the administration office and give it one more try; but the whole time I really had decided to quit.

 

On my way to university I stopped at a red light.  I looked around.  

There was a bus stop bench.  On the bench was imprinted Isaiah 40:31, 

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall

mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and

they shall walk, and not faint.  Of course, I was familiar with the scripture;

however, I was really too steeped in my anger and disappointment about

my situation to let any sentiment through. I also wondered who had

bought space on a bus stop bench for a scripture.

I continued to school.  A car darted in front of me.  Before I could get angry, I noticed a bumper sticker on the back of the car.  The bumper sticker read, But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. --Isaiah 40:31. I thought it was a coincidence, the same scripture twice. Huh?

My twenty-minute journey put me on the interstate.  Now, I always read the bulletin boards, even though usually they had the same advertisements for months. (This was before the digital boards.) I glanced at the first bulletin board, and then did a double take: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31. I began laughing, and for the first time that day actually spoke to my Heavenly Father, “Are you trying to tell me something?  Ok. Maybe, I overreacted. I know you can fix anything, but why does everything have to be so hard?”

At this juncture I pulled into the parking lot and walked to the administration office.  No one was at the circular desk, so I rang the bell.  The secretary said she would be there.  I looked around the office.  There was a scripture-per-day calendar,

                                                            on the wall.  For that date, guess what scripture was printed?  Yep! And to really

                                                            drive home His point, the secretary had a small golden plaque with that scripture

                                                            engraved sitting on her desk:  But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their

                                                            strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be

                                                            weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31.  I cast my eyes upward and

                                                            said, “Ok.  I hear you. I’ve got the message.  I will slow my roll and let You handle

                                                            my business.”  

 

When I left the admin office everything was cleared up!  I rushed home and told my Mama about the repetitive scripture and begged her to believe me.  She did.  My mother always assured me that God was a very real presence, and He knew how to make himself known.

Job 33:14 states, For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it.  Also, Jeremiah 33:3 declares, Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Now, it was not a burning bush, and I don’t know whether those signs were there or not.  I don’t know if they were there for my eyes only.  However, I do know on that day God spoke to me and comforted me when I really needed it.  If I had not have completed my education, my life would be very different now.  God knew what He wanted me to do later, so I had to prepare at that time.  He spoke to keep me on track.

God speaks in many divergent voices to encourage, direct, and correct us, but we have to be quiet and open enough to hear Him.  Are you listening to God, or are you doing all of the talking?

 

 

This is one perspective.  What’s yours?

BBB-P  August 2018

Isaiah 40:31, 

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall

mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and

they shall walk, and not faint.

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