Question: Hearing God’s voice
This came in from BigRaff:
Here is a question for your blog. How do you hear God speaking? Scripture speaks of the small still voice. It might make for an interesting discussion to hear how different people hear from God.
Fun question! I’d love it if people would post their stories of how they’ve heard God.
For me, this has taken several forms. There are definite, distinct times when I’ve felt the Divine leading me specifically. By this, I don’t mean that there’s a supernatural being taking a detailed interest in my human life and telling me what to do. What I think happens is, for whatever reason, either desperation or extremity or inspiration, in those moments I have been particularly receptive to the flow of harmony that is constantly in action whether I know it or not. At those times, what feels like a direct message but is really an eternal divine idea breaks through the material picture, and I’m pushed in a better direction.
The message will be specific to the circumstance because that is what I can conceptualize at that time. What I’ve learned to recognize is the feeling it brings. Sometimes it’s like a deep breath of crisp spring air, energizing and relaxing me. Other times, it’s an increase in gentle tension that requires me to act before I can feel comfortable again. Another version feels like a hand on the small of my back, pushing me forward, into a new activity or situation that I may have been trying to avoid. Many of us have heard the distinct warnings that come from Spirit, keeping us safe from harm. Of course, there’s also those moments where it’s just all Love, infinite Love, pouring out on us all its blessings.
An example: I’m naturally very outspoken—Laura run amok will dominate conversations if you let her. Years ago, though, I realized I was running over people when I talked too much, so I tried to tone it down. I learned to listen more deeply and to think more carefully before I spoke to avoid starting an argument. However, this tendency can backfire, making me too reticent at times. For one reason or the other, I’ll feel I should keep quiet when there’s an important conversation going on.
But the Divine often has other plans. An idea will pop into my head, and it will sit there, waving at me. I’ll ignore it because I’m afraid if I voice it, it will just upset people. But then I get this growing feeling of nervousness, like I’m balancing on the top of a fence. Eventually I simply have to voice the idea. Invariably it turns out to have been an important contribution, even if it’s not always pleasant or what the other people want to hear.
I recognize that feeling now, and have come to trust it. I always obey it. And that, to me, is the final piece of the “hearing God’s voice” transaction. We can cultivate the ability to hear it all we want, but unless we then follow the leading it won't get us where we need to go. Whatever God’s voice means to us, it’s important to snap to attention and obey.
Some thoughts from Mary Baker Eddy:
The effects of Christian Science are not so much seen as felt. It is the "still, small voice" of Truth uttering itself. We are either turning away from this utterance, or we are listening to it and going up higher. Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea. Gladness to leave the false landmarks and joy to see them disappear, — this disposition helps to precipitate the ultimate harmony. The purification of sense and self is a proof of progress. "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." --Science and Health
The infinite Truth of the Christ-cure has come to this age through a "still, small voice," through silent utterances and divine anointing which quicken and increase the beneficial effects of Christianity. I long to see the consummation of my hope, namely, the student's higher attainments in this line of light. --Science and Health
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