Sunday, December 20, 2020

When God is speaking to you, are you listening?

A few days ago I was listening to Nigerian worship music (a favorite music genre), during some quiet, personal praise and worship time. A song came on (Idinma by Eben, a Nigerian gospel musician) I was unfamiliar with it, but as it played, it brought me to tears and I was overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit. I texted a Nigerian priest, a close friend of mine (I often ask him the meaning of words I don’t know). I said “Father! Is this Igbo? What do these words mean?! ‘Chineke Idinma’ This song has brought me to tears and I don’t even know why!” 

He replied “It is Igbo and it means, God you are good. God the Creator you’re awesome!”

So beautiful! 

Soon after I was scrolling Instagram, and this picture shows up. posted from @reformedbychrist , Notice a theme yet? 

Then I went to practice the psalm response for Sunday as I was cantoring, and guess what it was? 

“Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.”

(Psalm 89) 

At the same time, within our household, a crisis had occurred. My oldest daughter who is a senior and a very devoted student, has a job as well. She works just about every day and has been saving up for a car. Her paycheck of hard earned money, got misplaced, and after having looked everywhere, she had despaired of finding it. As I sat in her room trying to comfort her, I heard the Lord say in my heart, “tell her it will be found, and that she only need ask me.” 

So I told her, and we both went to bed. 

In the morning, she said “Mom, do you think I should go back to work and look again?” 

I said “YES.” 

She returned with a big smile on her face, and, you guessed it, found the check. 

If you don’t think God is real. If you don’t think He can speak to you. You may just not be paying attention. He will speak to you through experiences, people, even while scrolling on your phone. He is not bound by anything. 

Clearly He wanted to communicate to me this weekend, His goodness. What is He trying to say to you? 

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