Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Divine Guidance

by Donna L. Watkins

How often have you said to yourself, "I just don't seem to be hearing from God." There is so much noise in this world and a clamoring to get things done that the still small voice of God gets drowned out.

© 2009 Donna L. Watkins - Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Costa Rica
I have always felt there was a mystical quality to being up between 4 and 5 AM. Everything seems so still compared to the buzz of the day that seems to begin at 6 AM. I've often thought that God walks in the gardens and woodlands of the world at those hours in all the time zones. I've felt Him close beside me at those hours.

I suppose the reason most people have their Bible time in the mornings is because we realize that we absorb more and hear better in those earlier hours than we do after our brain is buzzing with activity. Although we live in a quiet neighborhood with woods behind us, the buzz of the shopping center behind and the traffic of the highway nearby are very noticeable as the day goes on.

Yet, we should be able to communicate with God at any time of the day no matter how busy. His promise is that He is always there. However, with busy brains and long task lists, it becomes harder for us to hear.

It's soon time for the hummingbirds to come back to our garden. These tiny Ruby-throated Hummingbirds travel to Central America in the fall with a 500 mile flight over the Gulf of Mexico. That requires 18-20 hours of non-stop flying. How incredible is that!? This tiny bird not much bigger than your thumb flies at 25 mph, which is faster than a ship on the seas below it.

Before our hummingbirds from Central Virginia even reach the take-off point on the Gulf, they've traveled almost a thousand miles. What kind of determination accomplishes that? Where does that much strength and endurance come from? God created the hummingbirds to amaze and delight our human minds. He has made so many things that we can hardly fathom.

Within hummingbirds and within us is a guidance system. Many things are chalked up to being genetics and instincts, but do you know the hummingbird makes his migration journey alone? Even a young juvenile just born here in Virginia will make his way to Central America alone. He will know when to go, which direction to fly, how far to fly each day, and knows when to stop. For those who have made the journey before, they will remember specific feeding places even though terrain, buildings and highways have been altered.

Do you think God gives hummingbirds more of a sense of direction than He gives us? He promises us the same if not more. Consider Psalm 32:8: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you."

God has a definite and set plan for your life and He will be the One to guide you every step of the way into the fulfillment of that plan! But if we're not listening, we will not be walking in our purpose, so taking time to listen and be in God's Word to hear from Him is an essential part of each day. It takes practice.

There is not a detail in your life that God will not be willing to help you out with - no matter how small or trivial you think it is. The Holy Spirit is called "the Helper" in the Bible. Why do we go to friends and family for opinions when we have God's wisdom to draw upon? Don't let the clamor and glamour of this world keep you from a personal relationship with Christ and don't let anybody tell you that God doesn't speak to people. Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice." (Jn. 10:27) Tap into the wisdom of God today.

Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Don't you long for straight paths? I do. This website is a helpful resource with Four Keys to Hearing God’s Voice.

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