Listening to the small, still voice of God within
My friend, Diane, and I went to lunch yesterday to discuss my book, “Simply a Woman of Faith.” I had given her my book a year ago and she promised to read it, even though she said she wasn’t a reader. We agreed to get together when she finished it to discuss the book and answer any questions she had.
After catching up with one another over lunch, we began to talk about the book. She asked, “Pat, I want to know how you know it’s the voice of God speaking to you and not just your own voice or the ego or your higher self.”
People often ask me this question and I answered, “I don’t always know for sure, but I have learned to trust Spirit and the voice of God within. Every time I listen and do what I am hearing from the big things to the smallest of things, it confirms that it was the voice of God when I experience the results. It takes practice and the more I practice, the more I trust the voice within, which is God. I practice listening and going within all day long whether it be asking for guidance or what to do next.
Diane asked me, “Pat, what is the highlight of the book for you.” I answered, “This happened over 20 years ago and I will never forget it. It was when I heard Spirit tell me to walk up to a woman on the beach in Newport, R.I. and tell her that God loved her. I trembled inside and felt really scared to walk up to her, even though earlier that day, I had asked God to lead me to someone who really needed to feel His love. After I told her that God loved her, she put her hands in her face and sobbed for a long time. Of course, I didn’t know it at the time but right before I walked over to her, she was contemplating suicide and really needed to hear that she was loved and not alone.” Diane and I had a lovely lunch discussing the importance of listening and stepping out in faith.
When I took my walk this morning on the beach, I thought about my conversation with Diane the day before. It had been a long time since I had such a dramatic message like I had that day and I wanted to be open to be a vessel of love and be God’s instrument.
I asked Spirit to lead me to someone to give them a message. I sensed it would be a woman walking on the beach alone. I went within to listen to Spirit and this is what I heard, “I will lead you and you will know in your heart who she is when you see her. She has been asking for guidance concerning a project or something new in her life and she’s not sure it is my will. Tell her to step out in faith, that it is my will that she has been asking guidance for.”
I asked Spirit to lead me as each woman walked toward me on the beach. I asked, “Is she the one I am to give this message to?” I kept hearing, “No, no, no.” I was beginning to wonder if I had really heard the voice of God in the first place. I was kind of relieved because I didn’t want to look foolish and go up to someone and have them think I was crazy.
I then spotted her from a distance as she walked toward me. We had smiled at one another when we past each other earlier on the walk. I heard the small, still voice of God say, “She is the one.” Before I had time to chicken out, she was in front of me. I stopped and introduced myself to her, which is common in Maui because everyone is friendly and pleasant. We chatted for a few minutes and she told me she was also from New York. After some small talk, I blurted out the message that I had received for her. She appeared touched and put her hand on her heart and said, “I pray all day and I hold this in my heart and will meditate about it today when I go home. Thank you so much.”
As we continued to chat with one another, I asked her what she did for work and she said, “I am a personal trainer/wellness coach in several gyms on Maui and am working with the county to develop free programs for seniors. Now I was interested! She told me about a new program that she is starting in August where my yoga classes are held every Monday. I gave her my card and she promised to call me with the information about the new program.
It is my belief that nothing happens by mistake and we are always being led. When we learn to trust the voice within, doors open and miracles happen. God is good.
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