How do we know if God is talking to us? What does His voice sound like? I have some friends who have made major life decisions because God “put it on their heart” to make those decisions. Personally, when I feel something on my heart I pop a couple of Tums into my mouth. Am I missing something? Is God talking to me, and how do I know its Him as opposed to my own thoughts?
I recently got it in my head that I should try a Zumba class. I searched online for classes offered in my area but found nothing. Frustrated, I left my computer and said to no one in particular “if I’m meant to take a Zumba class , someone will cross my path with the information I need”.
Four days later I met up with a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile and one of the first things she said to me was “I just started taking Zumba classes, you should come with me!”
Was this God at work? The Law of Attraction? Or just mere coincidence? I would like to say it’s a coincidence, because I doubt that God or the Universe cares that much about whether I take a Zumba class. But things like this happen all the time.
Two weeks before my son, Max, got his drivers license, I felt compelled to drill it into his head what to do if he got into an accident. We discussed that he should call the police, then me, and I showed him where the insurance and registration cards were kept. I covered this information daily with him, but when his older brother went for his license, I barely mentioned it.
The day Max got his license he totaled the car. Thankfully he was ok, but I was left wondering...did I bring this to him as the Law of Attraction suggests? Did God in His infinite wisdom “put it on my heart” to prepare Max because He knew what was coming? Or was this a random event that just happened because Max was a young and inexperienced driver?
I have decided to set aside 20 minutes each evening to sit in solitude and listen for God’s voice. I am operating under the assumption that God has a plan for my life and if I listen hard enough, I will hear that plan, act on it, and live happily ever after. But is that the way it works? Is God going to dictate my future to me? Is my life already mapped about before me and all I have to do is read the signs? Or is it up to me to forge my own path. Who is the author of my story?