There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” Exodus 3:2-3
Have you ever thought you heard God speak directly to you? It may not have been an audible sound, but you knew just the same it was not your imagination. Someone, or something, gave you a crystal clear direction to follow, or a place to avoid or a person to call and check on.
Maybe it’s just a feeling that what looks like a disappointment is really a postponement of the something better that God has for you. That’s what happened to me.Several years ago, there was an opportunity at work to volunteer for United Way. I had heard great things about it and really wanted to see what it was all about. I submitted my name, but someone else, with greater seniority, had already asked and been given the assignment. I was disappointed, but had an undeniable peace.
A few days later my boss asked if I were still interested. The person who had signed up was unable to fulfill the responsibilities. Of course I said, “Yes!” The experience was incredible in many ways and I was able to meet wonderful people and create great memories. It even resulted in my family’s adoption story being highlighted in United Way’s fundraising campaign.
Several years later, that same feeling was present when a big financial decision needed to be made. I distinctly remember feeling the same way as before. It was as if God was saying, “Hold on, Andrea. Not just yet.” Fortunately, I heeded the nudge and the wait time netted a significant financial gain.
Often we are looking for God to give us specific instructions on which way to go or what decision to make. Or maybe that’s just me. Life would surely be so much easier if God would just do the burning bush thing and explain word for word what he wants me to do.
O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries. Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:19, 21
According to Isaiah, it would appear that we can ask the Lord for direction and he will indeed tell us left or right. So why is it that we so rarely feel certain we have clarity of purpose?
Perhaps we over complicate this as we search for our place in this world. This world is not our home. We will never feel complete here. Our purpose is to be a disciple of Christ. We do this using the gifts God has given us. Speak, teach, pray, write, lead, encourage, heal. And when Christ returns, we will be with him in eternity.
When we’re still not sure of right, left, straight or just stand still, God encourages us to be strong and courageous and just do the work. If it isn’t the right direction, He gently leads us to correct our course. And be sure, He is with us through it all.
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Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.
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