God speaks clearly.
Does He really?
Just last night I had a conversation with one of my missionary sisters about this. We talked about how sometimes we wish that God would just speak more clearly: that He would tell us exactly what He wants of us, what He’s calling us to, and what He has planned for us. We know that there are many ways that God does show us these things, but sometimes it doesn’t seem very clear.
Honestly, maybe it’s more common that we just aren’t listening.
The reality is, God doesn’t hide from us. He isn’t trying to be difficult. He is our leader and shepherd, and He does want us to know where He’s leading us. He speaks to us through other people in our lives and through Scripture, but I often forget that, and I stop listening. This morning as I spent an hour in prayer, I remembered to listen, and God did speak clearly!
I first spent a few minutes journaling my prayer to God: I told Him that I was struggling because my life seems like a constant roller coaster: ups and downs, highs and lows, feeling close to God, feeling far from God, etc. I know that things won’t always be easy, but it’s frustrating, and I just want to be able to stay in a place of peace, even when things are hard.
Then, I stopped to listen, and I wrote down what I felt like God was saying in response. Here’s part of what I felt Him saying:
“I love you… You have to remember My love for you because that is one thing that never ever changes, despite the roller coaster you’re on!… My love never changes.”
That brought comfort to my heart and seemed pretty clear, but God didn’t stop speaking then. After that, I took a few minutes to read the readings for Mass today, and I was surprised how fitting they were. (I probably shouldn’t have been surprised.) Through the words of the first reading, God confirmed what He had already been saying…
“For he has said, ‘I will never forsake you or abandon you.’ Thus we may say with confidence: ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?’… Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” – Hebrews 13: 5-6, 8
My life might still feel crazy sometimes, but I felt so much more at peace this morning after listening to God speak in my own prayer and through Scripture. His love never changes, and He will never leave me. Those are the truths I can be rooted in, regardless of the ups and downs, and even the loops of this roller coaster life, and I can say as it says in Hebrews, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.”
It’s not always easy to hear Him, but God does speak clearly! I challenge you to spend some time in prayer today, and even dive into Scripture (God’s word to us). Be honest with God about where you’re at, and then listen. Remember, God’s not trying to hide from you. You might just be amazed at how clearly He speaks His truth and His love to your heart!