October 21, 2014 by Beth Hess
That moment when The Holy Spirit calms your restlessness, calls you close, and whispers sweetly, “Good Lord, Beth — Will you just trust me?”
It was a fairly benign issue. What music to listen to during Saturday cleaning. I turned on Pandora and went to change the station to something more upbeat. Then I felt a prompt to leave it. Moments later, returning to make a change. Again, He said, No.
THREE TIMES we danced this two-step. Me reaching to change. God holding me back.
Until the question came with the tone of a father playfully rustling my hair as he speaks. Can you please let me have the little things, too?
So I took my hands off the phone, buried them in dishwater, and let the music play.
Only to find myself a couple of hours later with a clean kitchen, a renewed spirit, and a journal page full of song lyrics I knew God was using to speak directly into my life.
I should have known better. I have come to rely on these messages. These interruptions in my normal thought patterns that I know cannot be coming from me.
During the last several weeks, He speaks to me even about my food. Especially about my food.
“That’s enough. Put down your fork.” “Order water, not soda.” “You don’t need rice with that.”
Some like to think God doesn’t worry himself with things like that. The little stuff. That He’s too busy with world issues and more important people.
Truth is: that’s EXACTLY the things God concerns himself with. He concerns himself with the number of hairs on our head and today’s color of our eyes. He concerns himself with the condition of my heart and the way I give it away for a bite of something sweet.
As a loving Daddy teaching his child to walk in new ways, He is careful to point out the hazards, remove the obstacles, and steady my pace. He hems me in behind and before (Psalm 139:5). Like bumpers that cushion the blow of the inevitable falling.
And I trust Him.
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