I learned a valuable lesson a few weeks ago about listening to that still small voice. It may not seem like much to you but it struck a chord with me so I thought I’d share it. Here’s what happened…
During the lunch hour at work, I went to the post office to take care of some errands. As I was walking to my car I realized I had left my phone in the office. Since I was not going to be gone long or travelling far, I decided not to go back after it. The thought came to me a few times as I continued to walk to my car. “You better go back for your phone…you may need it”, but I rationalized leaving it behind. “If anyone needs me, it can wait until I get back”, I thought. So off I went, phone-less, to the post office to mail my package. Now the package was not ready to mail. My plan was to buy an envelope or box at the post office to fit the items, address it there and mail it. I began selecting the appropriate packaging for the items and then it dawned on me. The address I needed was in my phone back at the office. UGH!
Now you might think this is just one of those things…one of the frustrations of life. And it is. But there is more to it. I believe that the Holy Spirit was trying to tell me as I was walking to my car that I should go back and get my phone. But I didn’t listen. I thought I knew better. Oh, you may say, that is ridiculous. God doesn’t care about those little details of our life. I would argue that He does. If we do no learn to listen for His voice and obey it in the little things, how will we know His voice when it is something important? He uses little things to get us accustomed to His leading, guiding spirit. If we can hear and obey in small, relatively insignificant things like remembering to take your phone to the post office, then we can hear and obey when He is guiding us to a new job or keeping us safe from a car accident.
God cares about every area of our life and He will guide us…if we will listen and obey.
Psalm 25:5 (NIV) Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long.