How does our Guide, Jesus, give us direction? Does He shout like a football coach? Does He call out the play and then blame us when we mess up? Or is He a gentle Shepherd that calls us quietly by name? Do we just stumble along on our own? Does He tell us to follow Him on the path He has for us?
Our Guide is just like a Shepherd. He wants us to listen for His voice and to follow His directions and His path for us. Jesus often referred to His followers as sheep, an analogy that people could relate to. John 10:3-4 says, “The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen for his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”
Hey girlfriend. Are you one of Jesus’ lambs? Jesus loves you and wants to take care of you. He wants you on the safe path. I am one of His lambs. Jesus knows me. I recognize His voice because we spend time together talking. I used to do all the talking, but I have learned to listen for His voice. I follow Him because He is my kind Guide and He wants what is best for me.
How do you recognize Jesus’ voice? I have learned that I need to be still and quiet. When Jesus speaks to me it is usually in the form of a very strong thought. Sometimes the strong thought comes when I am having my quiet time with Him and reading the Bible. A verse seems to be written just for me. Or sometimes it’s when I’m driving alone, or doing housework. Often the thought feels like it comes ‘right out of the blue’. Then that same thought or idea comes to my attention again and again through sermons, Christian radio and conversations. When Jesus wants me to listen He uses lots of ways to get me to pay attention.
Jesus gave me the idea to start a blog. I listened to His voice but I sure didn’t obey right away. I whined and whimpered like a tired 2 year old. I was miserable.
Our conversation, over a number of months, went something like this….
Jesus: I want you to start a blog.
But Jesus I don’t know anything about blogging. I don’t like technology. Things always go wrong on the computer. Can’t I do something that doesn’t involve the computer? Please, please?
Jesus: Dixie, you can do this. Go do some research. Use the Compel Training that you have signed up for. You like to learn, you’re smart. You can do it.
But I don’t know what I could say that someone else already hasn’t said. There are so many blogs already. What would be my focus or my niche?
Jesus: Dixie, remember your Tuesday morning Bible Study group of 9 women? I want you to share those same ideas on your blog. I want you to help a different group of women with their struggle to get healthy and well. Share the mountain climbing theme.
But I’m scared Jesus. I don’t want to do this. What if no one reads it?
Jesus: Tell these women about Me. Tell them I love them and care about all the details of their lives. I want to help them. I’ll give you the words.
I need to be sure that this is Your idea. Please give me clear direction. I don’t think I can do this!
Jesus: Keep reading my word. Trust Me Dixie. I have a plan for you.
Then I found these verses that seemed to be written just for me!
“Now what I am commanding you is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. I have put my words in your mouth. My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you. I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.’” Deuteronomy 30:11,14; Isaiah 51:16; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10b; Isaiah 41:13 & 48:17.
On May 7, 2015 I was obedient to my gentle Guide’s promptings. I stepped out and walked on the path that He had for me. He helped me overcome all the obstacles and littlestepstohealth.com was created!
Obedience is always the right path to take, especially when we have a gentle Guide that wants the very best for us!
What I didn’t realize is that obedience brings an amazing feeling of peace.
Are you listening for our Guide’s voice? What step of obedience is He asking you to take?
TODAY’S little STEP: Take some time this week and be quiet. Ask our Guide to speak to your heart and mind. Listen for Jesus’ voice and He will give you clear direction.