"Stay there until I tell you." - Matthew 2:13b
What trust Joseph and Mary had, to believe in the words of an angel in a dream.
Would I have listened to those words? How many messages from God have I ignored or dismissed as just my imagination?
God usually speaks to us in ways we recognize. The more time we spend with the Lord in prayer, the more time we spend with the Lord in silence, listening, the easier it is to recognize His voice, the way He speaks to us.
But that does not mean that God cannot speak to us in a different way. That does not mean that God's guidance cannot come from a different direction. God is God. We cannot put limitations on how He can speak to us.
So I guess we need to be alert. We need to be listening all the time. Because we just never know where God's guidance will come from.
What we do know, however, is that our God is the God of second chances. And if we miss the message the first time, God will invite us again.
We can always count on that.
We can always count on God.
Dear Lord, I may not always hear you or understand you. Or I may be too afraid to do as you ask. Help me to hear you better. Help me to trust you better. Thank you, Lord, for never giving up on me. I love you. Amen.