A Text Message From God

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Don’t you love it when God speaks so clearly and personally? When He makes you feel like you’re the only one in the room even when He’s doing the same for the other 150 people surrounding you?

The Story

On Friday night, I attended a woman’s event at our church. From stage we were challenged to pray for three women.

The idea of it isn’t anything new. In fact, our Pastor has asked us to do the same the past two weeks during the weekend service.  Friday night I sat there thinking the same thing I had for the past two weeks… I don’t know who to pray for. 

I was also thinking… Man God, I’ve been busy, I’ve been so busy I haven’t made the kind of time for you that allows me to see the intimacy of our relationship daily. I’m sorry.

And then the passing thought prayer… Who do you want me to pray for? I’m drawing a blank.

I hadn’t been finished with that internal conversation with God for more than a split second when my phone screen lit up. It was a text message.

“Hi this is ______, I don’t know if you remember me, but we met at the women’s retreat. I just wanted to know if you could say a prayer for me. I’m going through a lot of stuff…….”

Only God can answer my question, meet her need, and make me feel like the only one in the room He’s paying attention to without me every speaking a word.

I sat there in awe. Three in one… of course God.

God does these things for me all the time. He hears not only my thoughts, but the longings of my heart whether I ever speak them aloud or not.

The Take Away

God Listens so closely to us that He hears our thoughts and often responds even before we take the breath to pray.

God listens so closely to us that He hears our thoughts and often responds before we even take the breath to pray.              (Click to Tweet)

That’s intimacy. And, it’s a privilege.

It’s the same kind of intimacy that the Father has with His Son. And I’m allowed, we’re allowed, to have this same relationship with both the Father and the Son. I think sometimes we read John 14:10 and think that something special reserved for God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

John 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.

But if we are Christ followers, we are invited into this relationship as well because the Holy Spirit is at work in us. It’s no different than the relationship I have with my husband, daughters, or close friends.

When we spend enough time with someone, even we as humans can anticipate what someone will say to the point we finish their sentences.

The question is, do I listen to Him as well as He listens to me?

The more time we spend with Jesus, the more we pursue a relationship with Him, the easier it is to see His working and hear His voice…AND the more often we get to experience the intimacy of being the only one in the room, even in the middle of a crowd.

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  • David Mike

    What a crazy story! I have had a some times in my life where God has spoken to me through similar circumstances. They will be revealed in my blog as part of my story. Thanks for sharing. I need to listen for His voice more.

  • http://freedtofly.me Trudy Den Hoed

    Such an encouraging story, Shelly. Thank you. I love the quote you highlight and put on a graphic. I had a situation recently where I poured out my sadness to God and told Him how much it troubled me that another person felt a certain way about a personal matter. God not only gave me acceptance with it, but out of the blue the person changed her mind. I thought – Wow, God! I didn’t even ask for that! He is such an amazing God!

  • Steven Tessler

    God also gives us timely posts like this one. Wonderful message! Thank you for your wonderful writing. I look forward to it!!

  • Laura

    What a wonderful story! I had a time when I felt God’s presence so clearly. It was a day that I thought was going to be really difficult for me given the emotions attached, but God’s peace was with me that day and I was so thankful!

    • http://www.shellytiffin.com Shelly Tiffin

      That’s awesome Laura. Thanks for sharing.

  • Abby

    I love it when God does things like that. So awesome. Thanks for sharing. I know I don’t listen to him as well as he listens to me, but I’m working on it. 😉

    • http://www.shellytiffin.com Shelly Tiffin

      Thanks for stopping by Abby!