“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance…” (Proverbs 1:5).
Isn’t it thrilling when we just know that God has spoken in ways that are tailor made for us? For those of us who struggle with chronic illness, perhaps it’s even more special when we get a word of direction or comfort.
What a joy it is how often God uses the very ordinary and makes it very extraordinary in our lives.
Frederick Buechner, one of the most revered Christian authors of our time, gives an excellent example. A very dear friend of his died and one evening he had a dream of his friend who had on a blue wool sweater. Buechner told his friend, Dudley, how much he was missed and then said, “Are you really there? Can you prove it?”
Dudley took a loose blue strand from his sweater and tossed it toward Buechner who caught it. The strand felt so real that he awoke.
That morning Buechner was telling his wife about the dream and she said that she thought she had seen a blue thread on the carpet when she was getting dressed. Buechner rushed upstairs and astonishingly found a strand of blue wool.
Buechner ignored it at first His common sense said it was nothing and there was no way to prove it. But then he decided to take a leap of faith knowing that however the strand got there, God was saying your friend is okay, you are okay and loved by me, and you are in My presence.
Buechner says that a litmus test of whether God has really spoken to us is the effect it manifests. There’s a kind of knowing that illuminates throughout our body. It’s often a moment that we never forget and its message something that stays with us. My prayer today is that our God will place a “blue strand” in your path as you expectantly listen.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you tailor make your messages to us in ways that use the ordinary and turns them into the extraordinary. Give us ears to listen and hearts to respond. Forgive us for the many times we miss your voice when we are too absorbed in pettiness to hear. May we fine-tune our listening ear. With much love, dear Abba, Amen.
About the author:
Jackie Smith is from Knoxville, TN near the beautiful Smoky Mountains. She struggles with Sjogren’s Disease and migraine headaches. Jackie had a bilateral mastectomy over 25 years ago. A few years ago she had her colon removed, necessitating a permanent ileostomy. She has her master’s degree in Child and Family Services. Between she and her husband of 35 years there are 5 children and 12 grandchildren who provide much joy. Jackie loves sharing through her writing the rich experiences God has lavished upon her.
Have you been listening today for a word of encouragement or affirmation from Him when the ordinary becomes extraordinary?
This is a beautiful video of “He Knows My Name” with the Maranatha Singers. May you be blessed. -Lisa