About 11 years ago, nearly exactly I participated in a 30 hour famine at my church. It was a mission project to raise money and awareness about our brothers and sisters around the world who aren’t as fortunate as we are. I was a youth group leader and there were probably about 10 of us, along with 20 or so youth. What an amazing experience.
Two very memorable things happened during that weekend and those 30 hours. The first was that my best friend Sarah, now she is my Bestie, then she was a friend who was the youth coordinator at our church, was talking to me about how she hears God. Sarah confided in me that she simply didn’t hear God as often as she thought that she should.
I went on to tell Sarah that I believe that she heard God all the time. That perhaps that because she was so close to God, she was actually hearing him everywhere in the ordinary parts of her day, but she had been looking for something more major. God can be everywhere in everything. In a simple message from a friend, in a flower you see while you are walking down the street, even in a sentence you hear in your favorite podcast. God talks to you all the time, it just depends on if you choose to listen to it.
My bestie Sarah went on to hear God in a BIG way, she was called to ministry and graduated from Seminary. I go to her for so many things, because I know that she is my bestie because God gave her to me so that I could listen to him through her.
The second thing that happened during that 30 hour famine, is that my body started to feel weird. I continued in the famine with the group drinking mostly juice and water. Though half way through day 2, I snuck off to the kitchen to have a cup of milk (not part of the famine), I felt terrible about it. When I left my church after the famine was over, I went grocery shopping and I bought a pregnancy test. Turns out…I was pregnant, 8 months later I had my oldest biological son, James Peter. Sarah was the very first person that I told. God was talking to me that weekend and I listened.
In 2018 I have been carrying a very small notebook around in my purse with me. I pull it out nearly every morning in the car on my way to work. While listening to podcasts I will hear something that speaks to me, something that I needed to hear that rings so true. I write it down and I believe that is God talking to me and I am listening.
Yesterday during our sermon at church, I pulled out that little notebook. My pastor said a few things that I really wanted to come back to, so I wrote them down. God was talking to me and thankfully I was ready and willing to listen.
Take some time today to listen to God, Pray, sit in the quiet, think, and listen. “100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs.”