The 3 Struggles
But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete. - Luke 6:46-49
There are three main struggles when it comes to God’s voice. The first is to recognize it - we get so busy or distracted that we just miss it because, ironically, the God of the universe often speaks so quietly.
The second struggle is that even if we sense God is speaking, it’s so darn hard to figure out what God is saying. It takes a lot of reflection (that’s the first half of the Learning Circle - below) to gain clarity, and a lot of times that reflection involves wise mentors.
The third struggle is that once we gain insight into where God is calling us, so many times we just don’t want to go there. It seems too costly. It feels uncomfortable. So we resist.
Read back over the parable above, but before you do, take a moment and silence your shaming-self and try to open yourself to the Holy Spirit who loves you and wants what’s best for you. Now, with gentleness towards yourself and openness towards the kindness of God, reread that passage, waiting on the Spirit of Life (2 Cor 3:6) to lead you to flourish.