Listening to God

Do you ever have days where nothing seems to go right, however hard you try? Everything you touch seems to break or everything you do is twice as much work as it should be? I had one of those days yesterday. I was willing and eager to get on with the tasks I had assigned myself for the day but I just couldn’t get going. It all started off well. We had to take a parcel out to one of the customers of Bev’s business who hadn’t received anything in the post. Despite the address being a new build that didn’t even show up on Google maps, we managed to find the house easily and deliver the masks. We even found a Subway open on the way home to get lunch. Everything seemed to be going so smoothly that I thought I would get the lawnmower out and attack the jungle that we call the garden. I managed to tidy the front garden without incident and moved on to tackle the back garden and this is where things started to fall apart. As soon as I began I started to feel a bit faint. Instead of taking this as a sign to pack up for the day I tried to push on. This was a big mistake as I ended up cutting through the electric cable of the lawnmower. Not quite the triumphant ending to the day I had anticipated. So now we are going to buy a cordless lawnmower and the grass will have to grow a bit more while we wait for it to be delivered.

I think most of us have days like this don’t we? The problem is that we don’t listen to what we are being told. I don’t mean what other people are telling us, I mean listening to our inner voice, the one in our head that is telling us to slow down or even stop what we are doing and do something else instead. This “inner voice” isn’t always an audible voice, it could be a feeling too. It could be that you feel tired, like I did yesterday, or it could be a feeling of fear or even simply just an uncomfortable sense that something isn’t quite right. We need to make ourselves more aware of these feelings and listen to them because it is actually God talking to us. God doesn’t always speak to us in the obvious way, in fact I believe God is talking to us all the while, but we don’t always listen.

At this point, if I were a Pastor or preacher, I would quote some inspirational verse from the bible to neatly summarise the message I’m trying to convey. I’m not blessed with enough knowledge of the bible to be able to do this, but I suggest that you look in the New Testament at some of the teachings of Jesus. I know there Is a story he taught about a rich man who gave his sons some bags of money and told them to look after his riches while he was away on holiday. When he returned he called his sons to him and one of them had put the money to work and doubled it while the other one just buried the money and didn’t work to make anymore. The one who doubled the money got a reward while the other, lazy one, got moaned at. The moral is, God has given us all a skill or talent, it is up to us to find out what this talent is and use it to make this world a better place for everyone and once we begin to do this, God will reward us in some way.

So from now on I’m going to pay more attention to the little signs around me. That bad feeling I get about something, that frustration when I cant seem to make progress in something. Even the annoyance when the weather changes and I have to alter my plans. This is all God speaking to us, guiding us, helping us to get back to his plan for us. It could be that his plan for us is simply to read a book when we had planned to build a wall. We might end up reading about an easier or cheaper method to build that wall, remember, God is in control and if we allow him to guide us then we will be rewarded.

Edit, the story of the rich man and his sons is in Matthew 25:14-30 and in Luke 19:12-26