Jan 30, 2010

Sunday Soaking - Wait... what did you say?

Welcome to my Sunday Soaking. Let's take a dip shall we?
Tipsy Tuesdays

As you may or may not know, each week I have been taking the theme of a chapter from the book "the organic God" (written by Margaret Feinberg) and writing my Soaking about that. I am super excited about this week's theme. It is something that I am oddly passionate about. This is because it is deeply personal to me. The chapter title for chapter 5 is "surprisingly talkative". Each of these chapters describes a character trait of God that she gleaned from her own experiences and reading the Bible. This is one of those traits that I have observed doesn't get talked about much, or even acknowledged.

But first a confession: some of what I will share today might sound a little kooky to you. I hope that you can set aside the desire to get my head examined for a little while so I can explain in full why this is so exciting to me.

I love the website where I get my scripture (because I am too lazy to look it up in my Bible and type it out), it's called Biblegateway. It is a great resource for keyword searches and such.

Speaking of keyword searches. When I looked up the phrases "God said" and "Lord said", I found almost 400 instances. I skimmed through and discovered that the first 16 or so are related to the creation story, and a sizeable chunk are God and Moses conversations. Let me grab one of those for your reading pleasure.

Exodus 3:1-6:
1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 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. 3 So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up."

4 When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!"
And Moses said, "Here I am."

5 "Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." 6 Then he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

I really love this part of the story! It makes me laugh a little because I always try to imagine what I would say to God if He made direct contact with me in this way. I am pretty sure I would be concerned for my mental health. Except for one thing.

God DOES talk to me.

I just thought I would throw that out there. I mean, He talks to me through scripture and other people, however it happens, His messages get through. I could be listening to a sermon or a song on the radio, and BLAMO, I get the message loud and clear.

I find God talking to me a lot through convergence. What's that? It's when He uses 15 different mediums within a short amount of time to tell me something. For example, I seem to have themed years, months, weeks, sometimes days. Once God was trying to draw my attention to my pride, so in one week, the sermon, my Bible study, a personal experience(which was negative) and a chapter in a book I was reading all hit on humility or meekness. Random conversations with Christian friends would turn to this idea. Suddenly it dawned on me that everything in my life seemed to be screaming at me to LOOK LOOK LOOK at my pride... it's never pleasant when that happens... but God was just standing there, waiting for me to get it.

The truth is that God still speaks. We just aren't so great at listening.

Have you ever heard God speak? I mean, not just a scripture or sermon that seemed just for you (which is a great example of God's voice), but rather... have you ever heard Him speak to you? Like a whisper in your mind?

Now you might be thinking... this woman is saying she hears voices. Please don't call the men in the white coats just yet.

1 Kings 19:11-13
11 The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by."
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

His voice, for me, is like a whisper in my mind. Like a thought that is NOT mine that appears suddenly. Sometimes it is random, like "Go outside". Which has happened before. I used to try to ignore it, but if I pause for one second and ask if it's really Him, He always repeats Himself, with strength, like a yelling in my head.
Job 37:5 God's voice thunders in marvelous ways;
he does great things beyond our understanding.

I am not sure what your experience has been. I can tell you story after story when He told me what to do, and expected me to obey. My best story will have to be for another time, when God told me what He wanted me to do with my life, it was life-changing, and slightly frightening. And would you believe it, I argued with Him... I ARGUED WITH GOD!

I don't know if you are reading this and have a great understanding of who He is, or a vague desire to know Him more. I don't know if you are reading this because this makes NO sense to you and the whole God thing seems crazy to you.

I can tell you with confidence that He knows you, that He loves you, that He wants to have a relationship with you and He is still speaking, we just need to listen more carefully.

Just me, AJ

7 comments:

  1. Beautiful picture! Sometimes I believe God speaks through intuition.

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  2. My husband was raised Jewish and came to Jesus on his way home from work one night.....threw a moving company van and a bumper sticker....interesting the way God can speak sometimes.

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  3. He is so good to speak to us on so many levels. Yes He speaks to me too:) A still small voice, mostly thru scripture, people and the convergence thing:)
    Great soaking!!!!!!

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  4. I am working on all of this right now. I have never gone to church regularly...until about 6 months ago. I am discovering new things and figuring out what these means to me and for me and my family. I enjoy these posts. I am sure God has spoken to me....that is why I am willing to listen some more...
    Holly

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  5. SPEAKING FROM THE CRIBFebruary 1, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    this ties in with my 2010 Biblical quote

    be still and know that I am God

    if we are still and listen we will hear him and feel him

    great post

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  6. Love this post! I feel like God talks to me a lot. Whether I'm listening or agreeing is quite another matter! But just like you, I feel like He talks to me through people, events, and thoughts. I love the photo of the sun through the clouds--any time I see something so beautiful it breaks my heart, I feel like God is saying "Hi! I'm awesome and just wanted to show you some of my awesomeness so you could be blessed. Love ya!" So many times when I'm driving back into town, I'll see the sun blazing through a break in the clouds like that photo and I'll just know it's Him and I'll say "Hi back atcha God". :o)

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  7. I enjoyed looking over your blog
    God bless you

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