Are You Listening?…

My day started out pretty typical.  I was trying to get the boys ready for school.  I was back and forth repeating “get your clothes on… brush your teeth… clean up your mess.”  One of my darlings got a little mouthy this morning and ended up with an attitude adjustment right before walking out the door.  Great way to start our morning!

On Thursday mornings I volunteer in Carson’s class.  I went in, did my service, and finished up early.  I hurried out so I could get back to my real job.  I was walking through the hall and heard crying.  I turned and saw a lady that I’ve seen around before, but don’t know.  Even though I had no time, I stopped.  God told me to go to her.  I hugged her, gave her some tissue, and asked her if she wanted to talk about it.  She shared that her grandmother had just passed away.  Without hesitation (because I somehow already knew the answer), I asked if her grandmother was saved.  Her reply was a tearful “yes.”  My reply was “praise God!”

Now, I’m not a Holy Roller or anything.  I truly don’t even feel comfortable praying in front of people.  But, God led me to sit there and pray with one of His children that was grieving.  I don’t know what came over me… scratch that… I DO know… God came over me!  I prayed for that lady and her family with as much comfort as an old pair of jeans.  When I stopped she looked me in the eye and said “thank you” with the most sincere appreciation.  It touched me.  I realized that I had been sitting there crying with her… I realized that there were three women standing at the door watching… I realized that God had just used me.

Sometimes, I think that we get too busy, in too much of a hurry to listen.  God speaks to us.  Maybe he shouts to you, maybe he whispers, but either way if we aren’t listening His nudges fall on deaf ears.  Have there been times when you’ve been delayed only to come up on an accident that just happened… or maybe you woke up early one morning and were able to witness an awesome sunrise?  An unexplained reason caught you in the right place at the right time or not in the wrong place at the wrong time?  I believe that God does speak to us, I call them “nudges.”  He nudges us along, ever so gently, guiding us in the right direction.  Sometimes, we stray, but if we listen… He will get us back on track.

I listened today and am humbled that God used me.  God can work through you, too.  Are you listening?

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

One thought on “Are You Listening?…

  1. Thanks for sharing this with us Ashli and thank you for listening to the Lord to “stop” and show comfort to his child. II Cor. 1:3,4 tells us … Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in. any trouble, with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

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