“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Walking back to my desk from the lab, I was inclined to want to turn to my right (for that was where my desk was) when something … or should I say “Someone” inside of me said something that came across quite “loud and clear”. The “loud and clear” thing that He said was “No, not this way!” So I stopped. Had I heard correctly? At precisely that very instant, the name of a friend of mine was on my mind and heart. He was the man that I knew I needed to see.
Was it a coincidence that the name of this man was on my mind and heart at precisely the same moment as I heard the Lord say to me, “No, not this way!”? But surely, I had heard the voice telling me not to turn to the right. It was so subtle, yet so distinct. Initially, I took the right, somehow choosing to ignore the voice. But it was as though Someone reminded me that what I had heard was genuine, and not in my imagination.
I stopped and turned around, which, incidentally, is what the word “repent” means. It simply means to make an “about face” — to make a decision to stop doing the thing that you are engaged in, and turn the other way around. So I repented. I turned around! And lo and behold, I looked up, and not more than about 25 feet in front of me was him … the same man that had been on my mind at the instant I heard the Lord say to me, “No, not that way!”
“Wow,” I said to myself inwardly, not wanting to show my emotion. “It really *was* the Lord after all!” It was just one of those moments when the Lord makes it *crystal clear* that he really is speaking to you, and leading you. No, these moments don’t come “quite like this” all of the time. Most of my time I find myself simply “obeying” without necessarily seeing the evidence of the faith being carried out. This time was different. This time I saw the evidence! And I couldn’t deny it.
Subsequent to that, we had a good conversation. God was *definitely* in our midst! Praise the Lord that I decided to obey! It isn’t always that way, but I can assure you, that is my goal. And by his grace, it shall be something that I do more of, day by day, as the days progress!
“By faith Abraham … obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” (Hebrews 11:8)