Missy Tippens, here. I'm sorry I've missed a few weeks posting. I think all of us have! We've been busy with life and work and family and health issues.
Personally, I've been on the run with end of school year activities, the college search with my daughter, and moving my son home from college briefly before a study abroad summer program.
Life is crazy! But wonderful.
I recently finished a Bible study about Gideon titled Gideon: Your Weakness. God's Strength. The study was by Priscilla Shirer. She's an amazing, gifted speaker! Here's a link to the book. (click here)
One thing that really spoke to me (and I thought might to other writers as well) was one section where she talked about how Gideon became aware of God's presence first, and THEN discovered his new calling.
I think all too often we either barrel into things, or we sit around waiting for divine inspiration to hit like a lightning bolt. When what we need to do is learn to listen.
In the study, Priscilla uses the example of Samuel, in 1 Samuel 3:4-11. (I've added some code to our blog template, and if you hover over the reference, the verses will pop up!). Samuel hears God's voice before he even knows he's hearing from God. God speaks again, and with Eli's help Samuel realizes who it is. Then Samuel listens. Only then is he entrusted with the message.
I hope we can all learn to listen. Ephesians 1:18-19.