Updated: Nov 19, 2020
Have you ever expected God to speak to you one way and He comes an entirely different way? Sometimes we expect Him to speak through a strong wind (I Kings 19:11), and other times we expect Him to speak through a powerful earthquake (v.12). Perhaps, we expect Him to speak through a raging fire (v.12). Instead, He speaks in the most inconspicuous ways like a still, small voice (v.13).
I had the most interesting conversation with a young woman the other day. She expressed interest in purchasing one of my “Onederfully Made” t-shirts. I could tell by her social media profile picture that she was quite young. I asked her, “How old are you?” She stated that she was 17 years old. As we continued our online conversation, I probed for more information and discovered we were once members of the same church. I was amazed that she remembered me. It had been about three years since we had last seen one another. She said, “You’re the lady who sang my favorite song at the right time. I just love it”. It just brought me to tears. It was God’s still, small voice encouraging me. She later told me that she listens to my single, “Wonderfully Made”, every day before school. This was such an unexpected blessing. I never imagined the influence this Baby Boomer would have on a Gen Z-er, but that’s the power of God. He has a way to bridge the age gap and reach across racial and political divides.
We don’t realize the impact we make on others. This unexpected encounter was like a still, small voice of encouragement. Sometimes we feel like what’s the use, nobody’s listening, or no one’s interested. We feel as though we’re not effective or making progress. I know we should not look for praises from man, but it’s good to hear a “way to go” or “you really blessed me” from time to time. Just a word of encouragement to fuel the passion. But if you never hear a shout of praise, don’t give up. Listen for that still, small voice. Someone is watching you and his or her life is better because of what you do. “So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit” (Galatians 6:9, MSG).